With the onset of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many countries around the globe have been joining hands to formulate strategies to tackle this public health issue. However, many right-wing Indians, on the other hand, have used this opportunity to scapegoat the Muslim population and post Islamophobic content on Twitter.
Even though such behaviour was previously ignored, this time around, many Gulf countries have launched a crackdown on Indians based in the Gulf posting hate-filled content on Facebook and Twitter. Hence, in recent weeks, a substantial number of Indian professionals have been reportedly “fired and forced to leave the UAE for posting Islamophobic messages on social media”.
The OIC has also taken a stand against this behaviour and issued a statement against India. In a statement issued by The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC), India has been warned to “protect the rights of its persecuted Muslim community”.
Moreover, many influencers and members of royal families from the Gulf region have taken to Twitter to condemn this behaviour.
The ruling family is friends with Indians, but as a royal, your rudeness is not welcome. All employees are paid to work, no one comes for free. You make your bread and butter from this land which you scorn and your ridicule will not go unnoticed., Princess Hend al Qassimi of UAE wrote in a tweet.
She further wrote that “Anyone that is openly racist and discriminatory in the UAE will be fined and made to leave”.
In addition to that, she also wrote on Twitter that the “UAE law” applied to both nationals and non-nationals in terms of hate speech.
A prominent Gulf lawyer also announced that he will take up the case of Muslims in India, at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva for free.
Another prominent influencer, Abdul Rehman AlNassar, wrote:
Every year, more than 55 billion $ are transferred to India from the Gulf countries, and more than 120 billion annually from all Muslim countries. Indians (mostly Hindus) are treated well in these countries. In return, how are Muslims treated in India?
He further criticised an Indian member of Parliament, Tejasvi Surya, asking the Indian PM for his membership to be revoked.
Due to the growing complaints and strong condemnation, Indian ambassador to UAE, Pavan Kapoor, had to issue a tweet in which he said, “India and UAE share the value of non-discrimination on any grounds. Discrimination is against our moral fabric and the Rule of law. Indian nationals in the UAE should always remember this.”