The Media Review Network expresses our extreme outrage and condemnation at Islamophobic comments made by spokespersons for India’s ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his beloved wife, Aisha (RA).

The BJP’s desperate response to the remarks was to suspend the two spokespersons, given the global outrage and diplomatic fallout it has elicited.

Such blasphemous statements by Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jinda must not be viewed in isolation but rather as de facto official government policy of the BJP government in India.

India has steadily been on a path of democratic decline and incremental genocide against Muslims ever since the election of the BJP.

The BJP’s agenda is one of social engineering based on its mantra “one nation, one people, one culture”. The one culture being referred to is Hindu nationalism, at the expense of the country’s 200 million Muslims, out of a population of 1.3billion.

Emboldened by silent support from many Arab states, India has started emulating the Islamophobic and incremental genocidal modus operandi of the West and Zionist Israel.

Although many Muslim majority countries now condemn the remarks, they have been silent for many years whilst Muslims in India are being lynched, murdered, and systematically eradicated under the BJP.

In fact, they will continue to maintain close relations with India after these storm has passed.

Demonising, marginalising, and projecting Muslims as the “other” are the only weapons to be found in the propaganda arsenal of the Indian government.

The Media Review Network calls upon the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to condemn these remarks.

We further call upon all people and countries to maintain the current pressure on the Indian government to reverse its genocidal policies against Muslims.

Issued by:

Dr. Ahmed Haroon Jazbhay

Media Review Network

Johannesburg

South Africa

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Author: Ahmed JazbhayAhmed Jazbhay is a lecturer in Political Science at UNISA, and is also a researcher at Media Review Network. He focuses on the decolonisation of knowledge and post-colonial struggles. Ahmed holds a PhD from the University of Johannesburg.