India in damage control mode in Gulf after BJP members’ remarks on Islam

People demand the arrest of Bharatiya Janata Party member Nupur Sharma in Mumbai, India, on June 6, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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NEW DELHI - A big diplomatic firestorm is brewing for India, after comments on Islam by two ruling party officials sparked outrage in Gulf nations and calls for boycott of Indian products.

But analysts believe that it would not impact India's ties with the Gulf countries in the long term as the government and the ruling party had gone into damage control, while maintaining that the comments were by "fringe elements".

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