Why backlash from West Asian nations matters for India
SummaryThe UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iraq were India’s third, fourth and fifth biggest trading partners in 2021-22. With a significant expatriate population, the region also sends India more than half of its inbound remittances.
India’s ruling party was thrown into prompt damage control mode over the weekend as key West Asian trading partners summoned the country’s diplomatic envoys following alleged Islamophobic remarks by a party spokesperson during a TV debate. The Bharatiya Janata Party suspended one spokesperson and expelled another on Sunday amid rising social media calls for a boycott of Indian products in the Gulf region.