The controversy which started with the controversial remarks of BJP leaders on Prophet Muhammad is increasing continuously.
The BJP may have tried to pacify the matter by taking action against its leaders and issuing statements, but it does not seem to stop.
So far , 16 countries have expressed their displeasure and condemned the remarks against Prophet Muhammad . The Government of India has come on the defensive regarding this.
Where did the matter start?
The controversy started with Nupur Sharma ‘s statement during a TV debate on May 27 . In this, Nupur made controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad. After this Naveen Kumar Jindal also posted a controversial comment on social media.
These comments went viral on social media and became the biggest issue on social media in Arab countries.
Taking action after the controversy, BJP suspended Nupur and Jindal from the party.
These countries protested
So far, 16 countries including Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia , United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Maldives, Libya and Indonesia have registered their official protest over the controversial statement. Qatar has demanded a public apology from the Indian government regarding this dispute.
Apart from Qatar, Kuwait, Iran and Oman have gone a step further and have expressed their displeasure over these statements by summoning Indian ambassadors.
Condemnation – OIC also condemned the statements
Apart from Muslim countries, many Islamic organizations have also issued a statement expressing strong objection to Nupur’s remarks.
Al-Azhar University, one of Islam’s most influential institutions, has said that Nupur’s statement is real terrorism and can plunge the whole world into deadly crises and wars.
The Muslim World League has called the statement inciting violence. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), an organization of 57 Muslim countries, has also condemned the statement.
Boycott of Indian goods begins in Kuwait
Anger is increasing continuously in Muslim countries over the statements of BJP leaders.
After giving strong reaction to the matter, economic boycott of Indian products has also started in Kuwait.
A supermarket here has stopped selling Indian rice, spices and chillies. The company that runs the supermarket is considering taking a similar step at its other stores. The company says that insulting the Prophet will not be tolerated.
Opposition parties increased pressure
Opposition parties have also increased the pressure on the BJP to take legal action against the two leaders amid criticism from abroad. Many parties, including the Congress, have criticized the BJP for taking action against Nupur Sharma.
How has the Indian government reacted?
The Government of India is trying to pacify this entire dispute.
The Ministry of External Affairs has issued a statement saying that the derogatory tweets and remarks against Prophet Muhammad do not in any way reflect the views of the government.
Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal has also issued a similar statement and termed the controversial statement as the views of marginalized elements.
The BJP has also spoken of respecting all religions.