Calls for Boycott of Indian Products in Gulf After Assam killings

Videograb taken from the video showing Assam Police charging on Muslim protesters in Assam.

Indian Embassy in Qatar warns against ‘malicious propaganda’ amidst rising talk of persecution of Muslims in India

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – The killing of two Muslim protesters, including desecration of the body of one of them, in Assam’s Darrang district last week has triggered outrage not only in India but across the world, especially Gulf Countries. Kuwaiti parliamentarians have condemned atrocities against Muslims in India. On the other hand, the Grand Mufti of Oman has urged “all peace-loving countries to intervene to stop this aggression”.

Moreover, calls have surfaced on social media to boycott Indian products.

While the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi has not responded to the development so far, the Indian Embassy in Qatar said through a tweet on Tuesday: “There is malicious attempt on social media to spread hatred and disharmony through false propaganda about India. We urge everyone to exercise caution and not become victims of fake handles, propaganda, doctored videos. All Indian nationals are advised to maintain unity and harmony.”

Social media users from the UAE to Egypt have started talking about the persecution of Muslims in India and sharing photographs related to anti-Muslim incidents. The video clip and pictures of the Assam photographer jumping on the lifeless body of Moinul Haque, the unarmed protester shot by police from close range, is being widely shared on social media.

People in the Gulf countries are calling for a boycott of Indian products the way French products were boycotted over the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

In a tweet in Arabic, Abdullah Alamadi, who described himself as author and columnist, said “our brothers” are being persecuted by Hindu extremists with the support of the government and called upon people to support the hashtag of boycott Indian products. He also said that the earlier campaign of boycotting French products showed that it makes its impact on the governments.


Mohammed Bahareth, who describes himself as president of Space Club and author, said that Muslims are being killed in India but every institution is ignoring it while the majority community is justifying it.


Muhammed Assageer from Egypt tweeted the boycott hashtags by posting the photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugging French President Emmanuel Macron.


There were also common people who joined the boycotts hashtags calling for boycott of Indian products like they had done in France’s case.

Sanad Sabi calls upon people to help their brothers in India by boycotting Indian products. He also shared the images of PM Modi along with Macron and the sticker of Indian products with red-cross marks.


Another user called upon people to help Muslims by boycotting Indian products.


Another user Rahel expressed his deep concerns over the persecution of Muslims in India and called for boycott of Indian products.


The trend has been noticed by Arabic media as well. BBC Arabic reports that a campaign to boycott Indian products has been started to pressurize the Indian government to stop violence against Muslims in Assam.

Al-Jazeera Arabic’s story says like France, a campaign to “boycott Indian products” is escalating in the Arab world to support the Muslims of Assam.

On Tuesday, September 28, the Grand Mufti of Oman, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Hamad Al-Khalili, tweeted a post in Arabic from his official handle, seeking international intervention. “What is going on in India? From a blatant aggression against Muslim citizens at the hands of extremist groups — supported by official bodies — it stops everyone with a human conscience,” according to the Google translation provided by Twitter and published by The Telegraph.

“Therefore, I appeal — in the name of humanity — to all peace-loving countries to intervene to stop this aggression, and I also appeal to the Islamic Ummah as a whole to stand united in this matter.”


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