India: Diplomatic storm over BJP staff insult of Prophet Muhammad | Religion News

A world diplomatic storm has engulfed India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP), the celebration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following the sanctioning of two celebration spokespersons over insulting remarks the pair are reported to have made towards Prophet Muhammad.

BJP nationwide spokeswoman Nupur Sharma was suspended from the celebration’s major membership on Sunday for feedback made in a latest tv debate, whereas the BJP’s Delhi media operation head Naveen Kumar Jindal was additionally expelled, in response to BJP paperwork and media studies.

Sharma is reported to have insulted the prophet and his spouse Aisha in a TV debate final week. Following an outcry over the feedback made in the course of the debate, Sharma’s colleague Jindal is reported to have posted a now-deleted tweet concerning the prophet that additionally angered many.

India’s ambassadors to Kuwait and Qatar had been summoned on Sunday to obtain official notes of protest over the feedback, and Pakistan’s ministry of overseas affairs issued a press release condemning the “extremely derogatory remarks” and the BJP’s response.

“These completely unacceptable remarks haven’t solely deeply harm the feelings of the individuals of Pakistan however of billions of Muslims around the globe,” the overseas ministry stated in a press release.

“BJP’s tried clarification and belated and perfunctory disciplinary motion towards these people can’t assuage the ache and anguish they’ve triggered to the Muslim world,” the ministry stated.

Qatar’s Ministry of International Affairs summoned the Indian ambassador to current an official observe “expressing the frustration of the State of Qatar and its complete rejection and condemnation to the controversial remarks”, the QNA state information company reported.

Whereas welcoming the BJP assertion and suspension of the workers member over the feedback, QNA reported that “Qatar is anticipating a public apology and fast condemnation of those remarks from the Authorities of India”.

Kuwait additionally summoned the Indian ambassador and stated it had handed the ambassador a protest observe wherein Kuwait rejected and denounced the statements made by the BJP official, Reuters reported.

‘Worldwide value to pay’

Delhi-based journalist Saba Naqvi advised Al Jazeera that the BJP had beforehand benefitted politically from “mobilisation” towards Muslims in India.

“However on this occasion, there was a world value to pay,” Naqvi stated.

“India has one of many world’s largest Muslim populations, so it has come to the discover of the world that that is taking place,” she stated.

In a press release on Sunday, the BJP stated it respects all religions and “strongly denounces insult of any spiritual personalities of any faith”.

“The Bharatiya Janata Occasion can also be strongly towards any ideology which insults or demeans any sect or faith. The BJP doesn’t promote such individuals or philosophy,” the celebration stated.

“India’s Structure provides proper to each citizen to follow any faith of his/her selection and to honour and respect each faith”.

The assertion didn’t immediately reference the insulting remarks or the sanctioning of the 2 celebration officers.

The controversy has raised the ire of social media customers in Arab international locations who’ve known as for a boycott of Indian merchandise, denounced the escalation of hatred towards Islam and Muslims, and accused India of following within the footsteps of France and China in selling Islamophobia.

In April , the US Fee on Worldwide Spiritual Freedom (USCIRF) urged the US State Division for the third straight yr to position India on an inventory of “international locations of specific concern” by way of spiritual freedom.

The unbiased bipartisan panel accused India of “partaking in and tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of non secular freedom”.

“In the course of the yr, the Indian authorities escalated its promotion and enforcement of insurance policies—together with these selling a Hindu-nationalist agenda—that negatively have an effect on Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Dalits, and different spiritual minorities,” the fee stated in its annual report (PDF).

In its assertion, Pakistan’s overseas ministry additionally stated it was “additionally deeply involved on the alarming rise in communal violence and hatred directed towards the Muslims in India”.

In a tweet on Sunday, the BJP’s suspended spokeswoman Sharma responded to the controversy saying that she had stated issues in response to feedback made a couple of Hindu god however it was by no means an “intention to harm anybody’s spiritual emotions”, and that she needed to “unconditionally withdraw my assertion”.

In a subsequent tweet, Sharma stated {that a} “safety risk” had been made towards her household.

Reuters information company reported that Jindal, her colleague who was expelled by the celebration, stated on Twitter that he had questioned some feedback made towards Hindu gods: “I solely questioned them however that doesn’t imply I’m towards any faith”.