The Prophet Remarks Jaishankar Says Sensitivities Have Been Touched | India News



NEW DELHI: Weeks after a controversy erupted both at home and abroad over controversial remarks about the Prophet Muhammad by the two now dismissed BJP officials, external Affairs minister S Jaishankar said Saturday that “people’s sensitivities and sensitivities have been impacted.”
However, he clarified that although many countries have expressed concerns about the views expressed by Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal, they “understood that this was not the position of the government”.
He claimed that what was said was not the position of the BJP and that the party had said it “very clearly in very strong terms”, and took action.
“Countries, not just in the Gulf, I would say even in Southeast Asia, some countries, who had concerns, appreciate that this was not the position of the government,” Jaishankar said when asked about the controversy at a town hall meeting.
“They (countries that have expressed concern) are dealing with us, they know what we are talking about…they know it’s not our views,” he said.
Once the party clarifies its position, we hope the people will understand this, Jaishankar said.
“There will be people fishing in troubled waters. International relations is a very competitive game that is not played by queensberry rules. There will be people trying to make the most of it,” the foreign minister said without naming any country.
“We have to engage, we have to get our point across and we are doing that. Even in the last few days you can see that people understand what the real picture is in India,” he said.
Asked why India should be lectured by countries that don’t measure up in democratic terms, the minister said he did not see the whole issue that way. “I’m also a little sensitive to lectures. But I wouldn’t take that as a lecture. I think it was an issue where people’s sensitivities and sensitivities were impacted. So they articulated that,” said Jaishankar.
He said we need to clarify what we stand for and that’s what the party did.
Several Muslim-majority nations have expressed outrage and condemnation at the controversial remarks about the Prophet.
The BJP had suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled its Delhi media chief Naveen Kumar Jindal after their controversial remarks.
(With PTI entries)


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