Tackling an enormous backlash within the Gulf over feedback in opposition to Prophet Muhammad by two BJP leaders – one has since been suspended and the opposite expelled – the federal government has known as them “views of fringe parts”.
Three Islamic nations summoned Indian envoys over the feedback made by the BJP’s nationwide spokesperson Nupur Sharma throughout a TV debate final week within the backdrop of a sequence of communal incidents throughout the nation. A second chief, Naveen Jindal, posted a tweet in regards to the Prophet, which he later deleted amid escalating outrage.
In Qatar, Ambassador Deepak Mittal stated the feedback “don’t, in any method, replicate the views of the Authorities of India. These are the views of fringe parts.”
Mr Mittal was summoned by Qatar’s Ministry of International Affairs, which stated it was “anticipating a public apology and rapid condemnation of those remarks from the Authorities of India”.
“Permitting such Islamophobic remarks to proceed with out punishment, constitutes a grave hazard to the safety of human rights and should result in additional prejudice and marginalization, which is able to create a cycle of violence and hate,” Qatar stated.
The controversy exploded as Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu arrived in Qatar on a state go to.
A dinner to be hosted by Qatar’s Deputy Emir for Vice-President Naidu was cancelled, however reportedly on well being grounds. It was learnt that the Deputy Emir had a suspected Covid publicity, and this was communicated to India earlier than Vice-President Naidu reached Doha.
In Kuwait, the Indian embassy stated in an analogous assertion that the Ambassador had a gathering with the international workplace the place “issues had been raised with regard to some offensive tweets by people in India”.
“Ambassador conveyed that the tweets don’t, in any method, replicate the views of the federal government of India. These are the views of fringe parts…. Sturdy motion has already been taken in opposition to those that made the derogatory remarks”.
In Iran, information channel Iran worldwide English reported that after receiving the “Iranian nation and authorities’s protest over the insulting remarks,” the Indian ambassador to Tehran stated the offender had no place within the authorities and has even been dismissed from his get together after making these remarks”.
This morning, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs reacted sharply to an announcement by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), saying the feedback had been made by “sure people” and didn’t replicate the federal government’s views.
“The federal government of India categorically rejects OIC Secretariat’s unwarranted and narrow-minded feedback. The federal government of India accords the very best respect to all spiritual. The offensive tweets and feedback denigrating a non secular character had been made by sure people. They don’t, in any method, replicate the views of the federal government of India. Sturdy motion has already been taken in opposition to these people by related our bodies,” stated international ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.