AMID the growing backlash that India faced from the Gulf countries over the controversial remarks that a leader of its ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) allegedly made on Prophet Muhammad, #BoycottQatarAirways started trending on Twitter on Monday (6) with many people targeting the Gulf country’s carrier.
There were also people who found fun in the entire episode and mocked those who wanted to boycott Qatar Airways after the Gulf nation condemned the remarks made by Nupur Sharma who was suspended by the saffron party after the row snowballed into a diplomatic challenge.
“People who have never bought a plane ticket in their life are writing on Twitter #BycottQatarAirways,” wrote one user.
People who have never bought a plane ticket in their life are writing on Twitter #BycottQatarAirways
Another user even went to the extent of saying that he would not fly over Qatar.
“I have never flown in Qatar airways before and now I have a bigger reason to #BoycottQatarAirways. I’ll pay more but I’ll never fly Qatar,” the user by the name of ‘Sanghilicious’ said.
I have never flown in Qatar airways before and now I have a bigger reason to #BoycottQatarAirways. I’ll pay more but I’ll never fly Qatar.
— Major Pawan Kumar, Shaurya Chakra (Retd) 🇮🇳 (@major_pawan) June 6, 2022
Qatar is among those countries in the Gulf that summoned their Indian envoys to lodge a protest over the controversial remarks.
In a statement, Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi said “these insulting remarks would lead to incitement of religious hatred, and offend more than two billion Muslims around the world”, Al Jazeera reported.
The statement added that Doha was expecting “a public apology and immediate condemnation of these remarks” from the Indian government. The statement came as Indian vice president Venkaiah Naidu visited Qatar on Sunday to bolster trade relations.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Summons the Indian Ambassador and Hands Him an Official Note on Qatar’s Total Rejection and Condemnation of the Remarks of an Official in the Ruling Party in India Against Prophet Mohammed#MOFAQatarpic.twitter.com/rp7kMnWXdu
— Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Qatar (@MofaQatar_EN) June 5, 2022
The Narendra Modi government said that it respects all religions. In a statement, the Indian foreign ministry said the comments “did not, in any way, reflect the views of the government. These are the views of fringe elements”.