How Islamophobia is hurting India’s foreign policy

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On June 6, Muslim rights activists staged a protest in Wendy’s Bazaar, Mumbai, India, in response to insulting remarks made by BJP leader and party spokesperson Nupur Sharma about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

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A gathering of Muslims in India in April 2020 was accused of being responsible for a bunch of corona infections in India. The incident soon turned into Islamophobia.
Thousands of devout Muslims from home and abroad participated in the gathering of Tabligh Jamaat in Delhi.

This activity of preaching is almost a hundred years old. The gathering was described by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government as a “super-spreader event” or a major event in the spread of corona.
There is a tendency to spread all the mimes and hashtags that highlight Islamophobia through social media.

Through these, that gathering of preachers has to be blamed for spreading the infection. Various media outlets also started publishing and publishing news under various provocative headlines. One such headline is, ‘Save the country from Corona Jihad’.
In this incident, India brought charges against about one thousand worshipers for violating the rules of lockdown.

These devotees took part in that gathering of Tabligh. Eight months later, the court released the last detainee. The court said they had been tried “hatefully” at the behest of the government.

Most of those gathered came from Indonesia, India’s trading partner. Not surprisingly, Indonesia expressed its displeasure at the regional summit. And the country’s lawmakers allege that the controversy is being used to discredit Muslims in Hindu-majority India.

A former Indian diplomat said it was an example of “internationalization” of an internal matter.
Two top BJP members have said that India is currently trying to extinguish the fire of diplomacy over two insulting remarks about the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This is not the first time that Modi’s party or his government has been criticized around the world for its alleged Islamophobia.

Two years ago, BJP MP Tejaswi Surya raised another storm of criticism. His tweets about Arab women spread. His remarks were condemned by influential businessmen, lawyers and commentators in Dubai and Kuwait.

Tejaswi later deleted the tweet.
Earlier, in a public meeting in 2016, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah had said, “Bangladeshis who have come to India illegally are infiltrators.” They are eating our country like termites. ‘

The remarks sparked protests in Muslim-majority Bangladesh. A senior Bangladeshi minister called the remarks by India’s second most powerful man “undesirable”. A Bangladeshi columnist wrote, “Amit Shah has a long history of making hateful, insulting remarks about Bangladesh.”

Throughout the past year, the country’s gerua-clad extremist Hindutva leaders have flooded the book with hate speeches against India’s 200 million Muslims. Some of them publicly persuaded Hindus to take up arms and spoke of Muslim genocide.

Demands were also made to boycott Muslim-owned businesses.
Muslim women journalists and social workers have been violently trolled on social media. There have even been cases of Muslim women being auctioned off online. The Dalkana media has added fuel to the fire. They have provoked participants to go to extremes on various talk shows.

In taking action against these incidents, the Modi government has been silent on its pre-existing accounts, either reacting slowly or blaming people outside the (BJP) mainstream.

The government’s move has encouraged ordinary Hindus in India to stigmatize Muslims online. Of course, the consequences have to be suffered. A popular chef of Indian descent has been fired from a hotel in Dubai for posting anti-Islamic remarks on Twitter in 2016. Then, in 2020, Indians living in Dubai started posting anti-Tabligh Jamaat posts on Twitter.

A woman businessman in Dubai then tweeted, “Anyone in the UAE who is openly racist and discriminatory will be fined.” We have to get out of here as well. The woman had contacts with the ruling royal family.

This time too, India has had to face a heavy backlash. This is not surprising. At least 15 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Qatar, have protested to India. According to Tamim Ahmed, a former Indian diplomat, derogatory remarks about the Holy Prophet (PBUH) have clearly crossed the line.

The Modi government has been forced to suspend Nupur Sharma from the party after her comments on the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). According to eminent Indian politician Pratap Vanu Mehta, “This incident shows us that targeting minorities in this manner and making hateful remarks against them under the guise of government will affect India’s reputation around the world.”

Talmiz Ahmed, a former Indian diplomat, noted that Indians in the Gulf countries have a reputation for being apolitical, law-abiding and efficient. In his words, “If such aggressive rhetoric continues in India, employers in the Gulf countries will stop hiring Indians.”

Experts believe that the Modi government, though late, has reacted strongly to the insulting remarks made about the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Professor Srinath Raghavan said, “Domestic and foreign politics are not isolated. We have to decide what the Indian government wants. Do they really want to get themselves into a mess? ‘

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