The more than 50 Arab nations Organisation of Islamic Cooperation also tweeted on Sunday, expressing its concern and calling upon the Indian Government to protect minorities in India is sending shock waves to expats in Gulf..
The Ministry of External Affairs, however, has been blandly denying persecution of minorities, dismissing all such reports as false and misleading.
It may however find it difficult to defend the surge of Islamophobic messages by Indians in Islamic countries and kingdoms. A backlash has already started and some Indians have also lost their jobs there.
Local RSS and BJP Ians in India still in denial mode .. Giving explanation of their tweets and thereby becoming laughing stock in social media
Following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tweet against giving religious angle to the spread of Covid-19, Indian Ambassador to the UAE Pavan Kapoor has warned expats in the UAE against discriminatory behaviour and hate speech.
“India and the UAE share the value of non-discrimination on many grounds. Discrimination is against our moral fabric and the rule of law. Indian nationals in the UAE should always remember this,” Kapoor said in his tweet.
Emirati businesswoman and philanthropist Sheikha Hend Al Qassimi reiterated her call to expats against Islamophobic messages.
“I knew India, the country of Gandhi, a country which suffered enough. The whole world is on its nerves with Covid-19, but the hate should stop. Namaste,” Al Qassimi said as she shared tweets by Modi and Kapoor.
Sheikha Hend also warned the UAE law applies on nationals and non-nationals in terms of hate speech. Earlier she had shared hateful messages made by an Indian expat and warned that “anyone that is openly racist and discriminatory in the UAE will be fined and made to leave”.
In the past few weeks there have been many Islamophobic social media posts made by Indian expats in the UAE. Many Expats who blindly followed RSS are now found deleting their posts / deactivating their account for the fear of being caught as they know unlike india Religious intolerance a criminal offence in UAE
The UAE stands strong for tolerance and has made religious intolerance and hatred criminal offences punishable under the law.
A federal law passed in 2015 criminalises any form of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnic origin, religion or caste. It also criminalises any act that incites religious hatred or insults religion, either verbally or in print or online.
There were a number of instances when racist comments or hate speeches landed people, including Emiratis and expats, in trouble.
Recently, an Emirati media person was arrested for racist comments on a video, which sought to create divisions based on ethnicity and nationality among the various communities living in the UAE. The video was particularly offensive to one community.
In another incident, an Indian expat working as chief accountant in Dubai was fired by his company for allegedly sharing Islamophobic posts on Facebook related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, an Indian chef at a Dubai restaurant lost his job for making an online threat to rape a Delhi-based law student over her views on the controversial Citizen Amendment Act of India.
In 2018, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel ended contract with Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar after his Twitter post stated that ‘followers of Islam had “terrorised” Hindus for 2,000 years.
The present crisis mainly due to advertisement by a cancer hospital in Meerut denying admission to Muslims, rising Islamophobia in India and response to the five-year old tweet by BJP MP Tejasvi Surya have added fuel to the fire. Surya is a pet boy of Indian PM modi who is also youngest Indain Member of Parliament
With Indian localities having put up signs asking Muslims to keep away, with vegetable vendors being asked to produce proof of their religious affiliation and calls going out from rabid and short-sighted Hindus for boycotting shops owned by Muslims and products sold by Muslims, the situation is toxic as never before.
The action of RSS leaders Hindutva active followers is causing damage to OIC countries living Hindus is a worrisome development that Indian government need to tackle at the time of Corona crisis
A statesmanlike tweet by Indian Prime minister who spoke against his own party man or Indian Government move to ship 5.5 million pills of Hydroxychloroquine to the United Arab Emirates ., will these acts going to repair the damage and regain the goodwill among the people is the question many ponder .. Well only time can unknot the knots
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