‘Bobby’ is a Chinese man who has become a ‘bobby’ in India
The son of a retired engineer, Bobby Chou has found himself in the middle of a debate about the ethics of the Chinese “bobby” craze.
Mr Chou, a member of the party-affiliated People’s Daily, was filmed posing for a picture with a broom in front of an exhaust fan at the National Bamboo Farm in south Delhi.
He was seen holding up the broom to the camera, and appearing to be offering a toast.
The footage has sparked a debate on social media, with many saying that the broom-wielding Mr Chou should have apologised.
He told NDTV that he was simply giving a welcome sign.
“I was just saying, ‘Welcome back to Delhi, you can come back,'” he said.
“It was a greeting to Delhi and to the people here.
I have been a member for 15 years, so I don’t know why the camera was rolling, but I just wanted to make a greeting.”
Mr Chou said he had received thousands of calls from people across India expressing their anger and disbelief over the video, but added that he would not apologise.
“If it was the National Election, people would be upset, but this is just me just giving a greeting,” he said, adding that the video had been widely shared on social networking sites.
“The whole idea of the broom was to encourage people to learn Chinese and Chinese language,” he added.
“This is just a silly idea that has no place in China, where people don’t speak English.”