Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Monday denounced Qatar’s demand for a public apology over the alleged derogatory remarks on Prophet Mohammad by a suspended BJP leader calling it ‘not important.’ The Kerela Governor further stressed the need to pay attention to the Prime Minister and the RSS chief’s calls for ‘strengthening inclusiveness.’
Kerela Governor Arif Mohammed Khan while speaking to reporters in Delhi said that ‘people are entitled to their opinion.’ “People are entitled to their opinions. How does it matter? That (demand for apology) is not important. India cannot bother about such small reactions,” Arif Mohammed Khan said.
Arif Mohammed Khan also said that what the suspended BJP leader said about Prophet Muhammad was likely ‘in the heat of the moment in front of the TV.’ “These things are not really important,” he added.
The Kerala Governor further said that ‘India’s culture does not consider anybody as other.’ “Our tradition is not tolerance, but respect and acceptance for all traditions. We respect and we accept all traditions as true. India’s culture does not consider anybody as others,” the Governor said.
“We should pay more attention to what the Prime Minister is repeatedly saying and what the RSS chief is repeatedly saying that we want our tradition of inclusiveness to be strengthened. Nobody is to be excluded. That is our cultural heritage. We need to strengthen that,” he added.
Nupur Sharma was suspended from the party’s primary membership on Sunday after her alleged remarks incited violence in Kanpur and invited harsh condemnation.
Notably, the UAE, Qatar, Indonesia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan condemned the controversial comments made during a TV debate last week.
On Sunday, Qatar summoned the Indian envoy over the suspended BJP leader’s comments and demanded ‘public apology’ from the Indian government.
Qatar’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi said that allowing such ‘Islamophobic remarks’ to continue without punishment, constitutes a ‘grave danger’ to the protection of human rights and may lead to further ‘prejudice and marginalisation’, which will create a cycle of violence and hate.