South Asia and Beyond

Reverberations In Islamic World; India’s Interests Damaged

NEW DELHI: On #TheGist, Ambassador Navdeep Suri, Former India Envoy to UAE, Egypt in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi.

Ambassador Suri discusses the fallout on India’s interests following the now suspended BJP national spokesperson and expelled Delhi media head’s remarks on the Prophet Muhammad, the external affairs ministry statement that the offensive tweets and comments “did not, in any way, reflect the views of the government. These are the views of fringe elements”, the condemnation or summoning of Indian envoys in over a dozen countries as of today, the impact on relations assiduously built up through the Modi government ‘s terms even as it marks eight years of “transformation in our external engagements”, whether the action taken by the BJP which “strongly denounces insults of any religious personalities of any religion” is enough to assuage the situation, India’s diplomats being forced to fire-fight, the impact on the Indian diaspora and expatriates, boycott calls for Indian goods, the opportunity handed to Pakistan’s ISI and deep state to fuel anti-India sentiments, Al Qaeda’s threat of suicide attacks, and whether the Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister will need to make public denunciations to address the diplomatic storm.

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