Anger has poured out on social media, and calls for a boycott of Indian goods have surfaced in some Arab nations.
The anger has been growing since last week after the two spokespeople, Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, made speculative remarks that were seen as insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad and his wife Aisha.
Indian Muslims protest against derogatory references to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad made by top officials in the governing Hindu nationalist party in Mumbai on Monday. Source: AP / Rafiq Maqbool/AP
Mr Modi’s party took no action against them until Sunday when a sudden chorus of diplomatic outrage began with Qatar and Kuwait summoning their Indian ambassadors to protest.
India’s Foreign Ministry on Monday rejected comments by the OIC as “unwarranted” and “narrow-minded”.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said the Indian government should not allow “such fanatics to insult … Islam and provoke the feelings of Muslims”.
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