Nupur Sharma Controversy: Now China Preaches On Respecting Different Religions

| Updated: June 14, 2022 10:56 am

China, which had until now refrained from commenting on the Nupur Sharma controversy, yesterday issued a statement bashing her remarks against Prophet Muhammad. The country has said, “China always believes that different civilizations and religions should respect each other and live together as equals.”

Insisting that the countries all over the world must respect diversity of the population, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, “It is always important to discard pride and prejudice, better understand the differences between one’s own civilization and other civilizations, and promote exchanges, dialogue and harmonious coexistence between civilizations.”

The ministry then went on to say that they were aware of the situation and that hopes that India handles the controversy appropriately.

These statements contradict the allegations against China, which claim that Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang province have been seriously mistreated by the government. Western media has continuously published numerous accounts where people from the Muslim community in these regions have been assaulted, captured, and treated like criminals without any basis. There are also real-life accounts and statements from Muslim families who have survived this abuse.

Nupur Sharma had made some derogatory remarks against the Prophet Muhammad in late May when she participated in a television debate. These comments caused quite a stir, in India as well as abroad.  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came under fire from the Arab World. When Qatar, Iran, and Kuwait expressed their anger over the comments made by Sharma, BJP was quick to take action to soothe any ruffled feathers and suspended her. Sharma too posted a public apology, saying that her comments had been a result of her frustration over TV debates and she had not intended to hurt anybody’s sentiments.

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