Muhammad bin Salman, the de-facto leader of Saudi Arabia, received a delegation from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a letter with warm greetings yesterday. It was given to the Crown Prince by India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Jeddah. According to Saudi state media, the “meeting discussed enhancing bilateral relations…”
The meeting discussed enhancing bilateral relations and efforts toward regional and international issues.
Approximately the same time this meeting was taking place, a Hindutva rally led by BJP leader Chandu Patel took place in front of a Masjid in Karnataka, India wherein the attendees sang the lyrics: “We will drench this land in blood, we will put you in your place.”
Muslims around the world feel that the Saud family in Riyadh have totally lost legitimacy. It is worth noting that as both human rights organizations and some governments have completely condemned the Chinese genocide of the Muslims in East Turkistan as they have rounded up more than a million Muslim residents and imprisoned them in camps. However in spite of that, in February 2019, Saudi Arabia‘s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman defended China’s use of the camps, saying “China has the right to carry out anti-terrorism and de-extremisation work for its national security.”
Just a few days ago the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) released a report entitled “Impact of Hijab Ban in Karnataka’s Educational Institutions” that condemned the actions of the Indian government. The report stated: “The Karnataka State Government instead chose to ignore this unconstitutional and arbitrary action by its own employees and failed to safeguard the rights of Muslim women students not to be discriminated against.”