Saturday, October 1st, 2022

Who Is Nupur Sharma, BJP Leader Whose Prophet Remarks Triggered Crisis?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suspended Nupur Sharma. Sharma is a spokesperson, after her remarks during a television show sparked a row and drew a massive backlash from Gulf countries. 

Ms Sharma later unconditionally withdrew the controversial statement. She said in a statement posted on Twitter that it was never her intention to hurt anyone’s religious feelings. 

Who is Nupur Sharma? According to her LinkedIn profile, Ms Sharma is an advocate by profession and a prominent BJP leader. A law graduate from Delhi University, she completed an LLM from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2011.  

Ms Sharma has been involved in politics from her college days. She also worked as an Ambassador for Teach For India from July 2009 to June 2010.  Ms Sharma’s political career began in 2008 when she was elected as the president of Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU).  She then worked with the BJP’s youth wing. Contested against Arvind Kejriwal Ms Sharma contested the 2015 Delhi elections against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal from the New Delhi seat.  

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain – and Iran have strongly condemned the remarks of Nupur Sharma.  

She, however, lost the election for the seat. The BJP took action against Ms Sharma after violence erupted in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur over her remarks. More than 40 people were injured and over 1,500 people charged in connection with the violence. Countries in the Gulf region – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain – and Iran have strongly condemned the remarks. Qatar and Bahrain also summoned the Indian envoy and expressed their disappointment. The two countries have, however, welcomed the BJP’s action against Ms Sharma. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC, condemned her remarks, saying;  it came in a context of intensifying hatred and abuse towards Islam in India and systematic practices against Muslims.  

Connect with Us

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *