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Vicious Islamophobia To Damage India’s Relations with Gulf Countries

Apart from these Islamophobic comments, the Arab influencers are expressing grave concerns over the condition of Indian Muslims and they have been sharing the video of lynching and thrashing of Muslim men by the mob.

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India’s relations with the Gulf countries have been good for long. But since Narendra Modi has become the Prime Minister of India, he especially focused to strengthen this relation with the Arab countries. In his first term, he visited some of these countries – Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was awarded with the country’s highest civilian awards. In 2015, a temple was built in UAE’s Dubai.

In 2019, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed Bin Salaman visited India when Modi himself went to the airport to receive him. The pleasant gestures between Modi and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Salman while their meeting shown that the terms between both rulers were very good.

Geo-political analysts say that Modi has put in extra efforts in strengthening India’s relations with the Gulf countries. At that time, it was not fully clear that why the man who believes in anti-Muslim ideology is putting the extra efforts to strengthen relations with the Muslim countries. In the hindsight, it now becomes clear that it was Modi’s strategic move as he had made up his mind to enforce anti-Muslim moves such as the revocation of Article 370, Ayodhya verdict and the enactment of the CAA. These majoritarian moves would attract pressure from the Muslim countries including the Arabs. In order to minimize the international pressure, Modi first reinforced the relation with the Arab countries before enforcing his anti-Muslim moves inside the country.

However, this strong relation of India with the Arab countries is on the verge of taking a hit as the Arabs are taking notice of the anti-Muslim sentiment and Islamobhobia nursed by the supporters of the BJP.

For the last few weeks, the people from the Arab countries have actively been taking note of the Islamobhobic and hateful tweets put out by the supporters and leaders of the BJP and the attacks on the Indian Muslims. Some of the BJP supporters, who made anti-Muslim comments on social media, lost their jobs and were forced to leave their respective countries for insulting Islam.

However, the most harm the comment has done to India’s reputation in the Arab countries is of Tejasvi Surya. The misogynist and sexist comments about the Arab women have raked up outrage among their officials.

“95% Arab women have never had an orgasm in the last few hundred years! Every mother has produced kids as act of sex and not love: @TarekFatah,” reads the deleted tweet put out by Surya. The comment was made in 2015.

Sharing the screenshot of the tweet, Majbel Al-Shareeka, International Human Rights Lawyer from Kawait, demanded punitive action against Surya for ‘his disgraceful’ comment.

“@PMOIndia Respected Prime minister @narendramodi India’s relation with the Arab world has been that of mutual respect. Do you allow your parliamentarian to publicly humiliate our women? We expect your urgent punitive action against  @Tejasvi_Surya for his disgraceful comment,” he tweeted.

Surya deleted the controversial tweet. However, the screenshot of the tweet was appearing everywhere. Apart from Al-Shareeka, there were others from the Gulf countries who registered their protest on that tweet and asked Modi to take action against him. So far, no response came from the Modi government on the controversial statement.

Later, Al-Shareeka tweeted that the statement made by Surya will damage India-Arab relation and this comment will not go unpunished. They have also taken note of BJP leader Subramanian Swami’s comment in which he talked about building temple at the site where the Kaaba is built.

As these Islamophobic comments were made by the BJP leaders, it will create crack in the relations of India and Arab countries. Apart from these Islamophobic comments, the Arab influencers are expressing grave concerns over the condition of Indian Muslims and they have been sharing the video of lynching and thrashing of Muslim men by the mob. They have been directly holding responsible the RSS for these violence against Muslims. They have started to form a group to take up the cause of Indian Muslims. The attacks on Muslims in India and the anti-Muslim comments made by the ruling party leaders will play their roles in damaging India’s relations with the Middle East.

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