Nupur Sharma, a BJP party official in India, made what many Muslims have described as insulting remarks regarding the Islamic prophet.
Gulf states have been voicing their discontent to the government in India with regards to “disparaging” comments made by Bharatiya Janata Party –India’s ruling party– member Nupur Sharma about the Prophet Muhammad.
Qatar, Kuwait, and Iran have all summoned their respective Indian ambassadors and delivered them a formal protest note.
Kuwait went even further, with some supermarkets removing Indian-made products from all shelves, with many Muslims worldwide calling for a boycott of Indian goods.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Oman all condemned the incident as well but did not call their respective Indian ambassadors however.
In an effort to contain the damage, the Indian government released an official statement saying that the views expressed do not represent the Indian government, but rather “fringe elements” within it.
The BJP also announced that it “strongly renounces insults of any religious personalities of any religion” in its statement.
Some Indian netizens however, took to Twitter to announce that they will #BoycottQatarAirlines, making the hashtag trend on Twitter.
Mistreatment of Muslims
India has come under heavy criticism as of late for its treatment of religious minorities, particularly Muslims.
Genocide Watch, an organization set up to predict, track, and prevent genocide worldwide, announced that “Islamophobia” was no longer just a “fringe sentiment in India.”
“It has become a state-manufactured ideology. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made Islamophobia central to its program for harassing India’s 192 million Muslims and depriving them of their rights as Indian citizens,” Genocide Watch continued.
Anthony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, recently condemned India’s growing anti-Muslim attacks, saying that “…in India, the world’s largest democracy and home to a great diversity of faiths, we have seen rising attacks on people and places of worship.”