Stand With France trends in India amid outrage in Muslim world With Muslims around the world expanding their call to boycott French products in President Emmanuel Macron’s comments on Islam and describing the Prophet Muhammad, hashtags are trending in Hindu-majority India.
Among the top trends on Indian Twitter on Mondays and Tuesdays were #IstandWithFrance and #WaysStandwithFrance, with thousands of Indian users
Macron described Muslims in France as “separatists” and described Islam as a “global crisis”, which sparked a wave of anger across the Islamic world.
Macron said that his country would not abandon pictures of the Prophet Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace) following the assassination of a French teacher who was protesting in front of his class.
Protesters in several Muslim-majority countries, including Turkey, Pakistan and Bangladesh, angered the Muslim world by calling for a boycott of French goods and expelling French ambassadors from their capitals.
What France is doing against Islamic extremist terrorism is great for me, because we must commend our Indian citizens for their #Emanuel_Macron support in combating this extremist sectarian terrorism. 🙏
India stands with France 🇮🇳❤️🇫🇷 #weldonfrance #isdandwithfrance pic.twitter.com/k5TxAvMKWZ
— || Bhāratavarṣa || (@InfoVedic) October 27, 2020
BJP Member of Parliament Sahib Singh tweeted on Twitter.
Earlier this year, India received five French-made Rafale fighter jets, the first batch of the controversial $ 9.4 billion signed with France in 2016.
Other hashtags related to Macron comments that tracked on Indian Twitter on Tuesday include #WeldonMacron and #MacrotheHero.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government accused of pursuing anti-Muslim policies, a controversial citizenship law that excludes society as the latest.
The Indian government defended the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying its goal is to protect persecuted minorities in neighboring Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Protests against the law earlier this year led to the worst religious violence in decades in New Delhi and left scores of people dead, most of them Muslims, and displaced thousands.
Many Muslims charged under anti-terrorism laws, imprisoned, and refused bail following the Delhi violence.
Last week, the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet led the arrest of three “problematic” Indian law enforcers – including the Civil Aviation Act.
Dozens of Muslim banned from the Hindu masses since 2014 on suspicion of slaughtering cows considered sacred by many Hindus.
India has been criticized by rights groups for its gradual success in hate crimes against Muslims.