Kerala expats express concern after Prophet remarks controversy
Vijaya Shri, an entrepreneur who had been planning to set up a business in Dubai is now concerned with the recent developments. Her sponsor has now halted the project.
"Unfortunately, the statement affected us. We were starting our solar project with Rs 50 crore, our sponsor today called to stop the project for a while because of this issue," she said.
Another resident, Ubaid Tahir, works as a radio journalist in Doha. He claimed that the Prophet remarks have triggered anger in Arab nations and expats working in the Gulf are concerned.
"More than 10 million people are working in the Gulf. Hence, people back in India must think that one statement can impact the survival of many. We must respect all religions," he said.
"We appeal to people from both communities in India as well as in the Gulf, to maintain peace and harmony. Such provocative statements may impact us all," social worker Sanjiv Kumar from Doha told media.
As the global condemnation continues, Kerala resident Joe is travelling to Sharjah with apprehensions. He too believes such remarks may affect the lives of diaspora in the Gulf.
Meanwhile, senior communist leader MA Baby said a substantial expat population in the Gulf, comprised of Keralites and better relationships with local residents in Arab nations will ensure people-to-people ties remain strong.