While the brouhaha over a remark supported by history as well as Islam may have got overshadowed by equally violent demonstrations in India against a military recruitment scheme, the matter is far from over in the Muslim world, netizens from where have given calls via social mediums to deport Hindus from countries in the Middle East. Two violent Muslim demonstrators were killed, hundreds were arrested and footage of arsonist protesters’ homes being demolished in the aftermath has flooded the online space in Islamic countries, where the parts where Muslims riot across Indian cities have been cleverly removed from the footage. In response to the propaganda, an Arabic hashtag began trending on Twitter demanding all Hindus be expelled from Gulf countries, where more than eight million Indian nationals live and work. The hashtag, which roughly translates to “Kick the Hindus out of the Gulf”, has been shared thousands of times on Twitter.
A user branded the situation “genocide” against Muslims in India. “Gulf countries can do more than condemnation, Indian Muslims suffering under fascist regimes, we must stop the Anti-Muslim genocide,” he wrote.
Another called on Hindus in the Gulf to be replaced with Syrian, Iraqi and Yemeni refugees, with an image attached showing the number of Indians who currently live in each Gulf state.
According to the tweet, there are 3,400,000 Indians in the UAE, 2,500,000 in Saudi Arabia, 1,029,000 in Kuwait, 779,000 in Oman, 756,000 in Qatar and 332,000 in Bahrain.
Social media users are also calling for a boycott of all Indian products and for Gulf countries to stop trading with India. Muslims believe this would be a devastating blow to India, as they claim the country sources almost 40% of its fuel needs from the Gulf countries and Iran, blissfully forgetting that India has been increasingly replacing the oil from the Middle East with the cheap Russian alternative as well as other sources of crude.
“Do not give your money to the Hindus, for they will kill your Muslim brothers in India with it,” one Twitter user wrote.
Usual suspect Amnesty International has called on India to immediately end a “vicious” crackdown on Muslims who took to the streets to protest against the derogatory remarks about Mohammed, Islam’s prophet.
Authorities were “selectively and viciously cracking down on Muslims who dare to speak up… against the discrimination faced by them,” Amnesty’s Aakar Patel said in a statement. “Cracking down on protesters with excessive use of force, arbitrary detention and punitive house demolitions… is in complete violation of India’s commitments under international human rights law.”
Amnesty has demanded an “immediate and unconditional release” of detained protesters, and Patel said the arrests and demolitions were “part of an alarming escalation of the states’ measures targeting Muslims”.
Footage recently emerged showing Indian police beating a group of Muslim men in custody in the state of Uttar Pradesh while Arabs were not shown what these Muslims did to merit such police action.
The video went viral after it was shared online by an elected official from the BJP, Shalabh Tripathi, who posted it with the caption, “a return gift for the rebels”. The footage that distressed Arabs shows police beating the group of men with long metal rods. “It hurts, it hurts … NO!” members of the group can be heard yelling, an Arab website reported.
The website claimed Zeba, the sister of one of the men in the video, broke down in tears as she watched the video of her younger brother Saif being beaten. “I can’t even look at this, he’s being hit so badly,” she told the BBC. When Zeba finally saw her brother, she said he was “blue from all the beating, he couldn’t even sit”, the pro-Muslim British news medium said.
Muslims on social media platforms are asking why no action has been taken against the police involved and no Indian government officials have condemned the footage.
The video followed riotous protests in several Indian cities after the Friday namaz last week, as police opened fire in eastern Ranchi, Jharkhand, which is not ruled by the BJP but by a JMM-INC coalition, killing two people after demonstrators threw stones and bottles. Since then, the homes of several Muslims arrested or identified as protesters have been demolished with bulldozers in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the government of which is led by Yogi Adityanath whom the Arabs seem to be unable to tolerate, given the vitriolic language of the reportage in Arabic language media.
Yogi has been described in Arabic language media as “known for sectarian rhetoric against India’s 200-million strong Muslim minority”.
“He has repeatedly called on authorities to demolish the homes of people accused of crimes, exhortation critics say violates constitutional and human rights law prohibitions on collective punishment,” wrote a news-aggregating website based in Auckland, New Zealand, drawing from Arab sources.
BJP’s suspended spokeswoman Nupur Sharma had pointed out that Mohammed had married a girl, Aisha, when she was 6 years old and consummated the marriage when she was 9. This fact is borne out by the trusted Sahih al Bukhari and also mentioned in standard books on Islamic history. While Nupur Sharma made the comment, provoked by a repeated mockery of the Hindu faith in Shiva Linga on 26 May, the Islamic countries erupted in protest days later after a self-styled fact-checker called Mohammed Zubair, who works with a communist website Alt News, made an 85 s edited video of the television debate and made it go viral on Twitter while a toolkit was made in Pakistan to plan violent demonstrations in India and global condemnation of the archrival of the Islamic republic.