Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been slammed for a "hypocritical" tweet commemorating Ashura, given his party's "anti-Muslim stance" and a wave of violence against Muslims in India.
Tweet by Prime Minister Modi: "Today is a day to recall the sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), He is remembered for his unwavering commitment to truth and his fight against injustice. He also placed great importance on equality and brotherhood."
Dozens of social media users have equated Modi to Yazid. Asad Sultan tweeted "So why are you being Yazid?", while Ayesha tweeted "Ladies and gentlemen, Yazid himself," referring to the Indian Prime Minister.
Another user, going by the initials AF called Modi's tweet the "Irony of Tyranny", and Bella Gaur said: "Pretty confident Imam Hussein doesn't like his name mentioned by the one his hands are dirty of Indian Muslims blood.”
Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been regularly targeting Muslims through their policies, and several BJP leaders have called for, or condoned, violence against Muslims.
The BJP believes that Muslims, along with other minorities such as Christians, have no place in India and routinely spreads misinformation about Muslim beliefs and history.
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Source: Al Arabiya
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