NEWS PRINCESS UAE
NEW DELHI: “Is India trying to force us to pick and choose, who to allow in the Emirates – only the Muslim and the Christian? This isn’t how we were raised. To us, they are all Indians we don’t put them in any category – like we will work with them only because they are Indian Muslim?”
This poser from Princess Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassimi from a UAE royal family appeared as a social media post, part of a TV byte, after some Indians, or some people in the name of Indians, posted Islamophobic comments on her social media timeline. Many of those who did so had stated they were working in the UAE.
Sheikha Hend had tweeted four days ago, saying, “The world has taken notice of the Nazi doctrine crimes against Muslims and Christians in India. I recommend the violence #MuslimHolocaust ends now, as clearly there are consequences in the long run.”
CAMPAIGN AGAINST INDIA:
A Pakistan-inspired anti-India campaign in the Gulf, ongoing for years, and via social media in recent weeks, made blatant attempts at creating anti-India and anti-Hindu feelings in the region. This is being done in the context of India’s steps to introduce the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA), to send back millions of Bangladeshis who intruded into India in the past many years, and posed problems like spread of counterfeit currency, hidden support to militancy etc.
A point to note is that no nation around the world allows such infiltrations, and borders are under constant alert and controls. India let its eastern border as also the northern borders mostly unattended, for many years, creating serious problems here. The present government effected controls on the eastern borders, as also the northern ones, while the western border facing Pakistan always have strict controls. Introducing a new law in the name of CAA is only a step in tune with what the UAE has been doing always – where no one can enter without a valid visa, and whoever does so is deported.
Hindus, however, do not form a large workforce in the UAE or the Gulf region as a whole. Notably, Indians in the UAE number over 30 lakh, or 30 per cent of the population.
Fact is also that there is no religious discriminations at workplace in the UAE or the other Gulf countries, even as Muslims get encouragement in normal course, these being Islamic nations or states.
WHAT SHE TOLD TV CHANNEL
Stated Princess Hend Al Qassimi in a response to questions from India’s News 18 TV channel: “Emirati-India relationship is over centuries-old “but this is new, we have never experienced hatred from the Indians…I have never heard an Indian attack an Arab or a Muslim before but now I have reported just one person but you can see my timeline is full of people insulting the Arabs, Muslims. This is so un-Indian.”
“How would the Indians feel if I say publicly that that Indian Hindus should not be allowed in Emirates? Close to 14 billion dollars are being remitted back from the Emirates to India every year – in the past year. Imagine if that were to be cut off? The Indians work very hard in this country and I don’t think they deserve people who misrepresent them like that,” Princess Hend said in the interview.
She said former Indian ambassador to UAE Navdeep Suri expressed concern and told her that her message has gone out “loud and clear”. Hate speech is illegal in her country and she will continue to raise her voice to put a stop to hate, because “she is just a friend of India.”
Indian Ambassador Pavan Kapoor responded to this by saying, “Discrimination is against our moral fabric and rule of law, and Indians in the UAE must remember this.”
“How would the Indians feel if I say publicly that that Indian Hindus should not be allowed in Emirates? Close to 14 billion dollars are being remitted back from the Emirates to India every year – in the past year. Imagine if that were to be cut off? The Indians work very hard in this country and I don’t think they deserve people who misrepresent them like that,” Princess Hend told the TV channel.
|From the princess’ social media page post…
WHO IS SHEIKHA HEND FAISAL AL QASSEMI?
Thirtysix-year-old Sheikha Hend Faisal Al Qassemi is an Emirati royal and businesswoman, born in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.She studied Architecture at the American University of Sharjah, Entrepreneurship at the American University of Cairo, and studied Management, Marketing, Communications & Media at Celsa-Paris Sorbonne University. –IHN-NN