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Calls Grow to Boycott Indian Goods as Islam Insult Riles Mideast

  • Initial diplomatic spat has spilled over to social media
  • India trying to play down issues, says Mideast ties are good
Anti-India demonstration against former BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma over her remarks on the Prophet Mohammed, in Lahore on June 8.
Anti-India demonstration against former BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma over her remarks on the Prophet Mohammed, in Lahore on June 8.Photographer: Arif Ali//AFP/Getty Images

India is coming under fire in the Middle East for derogatory remarks on Prophet Muhammad made by members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, sparking online calls for boycotts in a region that accounts for more than a tenth of the South Asian country’s total trade. 

#BoycottIndiaProducts and #Stopinsulting_ProphetMuhammad were trending on Twitter and Facebook in several Gulf countries. It was a spillover from a spat over the weekend that saw Qatar, Iran and Kuwait summon Indian envoys to protest the comments made by two members from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party.