‘Stop communal approach’: India on Islamic grouping’s condemnation
- Nupur Sharma’s comment stirred a controversy across Gulf nations
- OIC said the remark came in context of intensifying hatred toward Muslims
- India accused OIC of making motivated statements
Nupur Sharma’s comment about Prophet Mohammed that caused a stir in Gulf nations attracted the condemnation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC. The OIC’s response, saying that Nupur Sharma’s comment came in “a context of intensifying hatred and abuse towards Islam in India and systematic practices against Muslims,” was snubbed by the Indian establishment.
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India’s foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India “categorically rejects OIC Secretariat’s unwarranted and narrow-minded comments. The government of India accords the highest respect to all religions.”
The OIC, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, is an intergovernmental grouping of largely Islamic nations. OIC calls itself “the collective voice of the Muslim world.”
“The offensive tweets and comments denigrating a religious personality were made by certain individuals. They do not, in any manner, reflect the views of the government of India. Strong action has already been taken against these individuals by relevant bodies,” said Bagchi.
Nupur Sharma, BJP’s national spokesperson, now removed, had made some comments on Prophet Mohammed during a television news debate. Naveen Jindal, BJP’s now-former media chief, had also posted a tweet which he then deleted. Both comments drew condemnation from across the Muslim world, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Pakistan. Sharma has since withdrawn her remarks.
India, responding to the criticism, had said that the opinions voiced by Sharma and Jindal did not reflect the views of the Indian government. However, OIC’s remarks seemed to have attracted an enraged response.
“It is regrettable that OIC Secretariat has yet again chosen to make motivated, misleading and mischievous comments. This only exposes its divisive agenda being pursued at the behest of vested interests,” the Indian foreign ministry spokesperson said.
“We would urge the OIC Secretariat to stop pursuing its communal approach and show due respect to all faiths and religions.”