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India scrambles to contain fallout over insulting comments about Islam

By Gerry Shih

07 Jun 2022 · 4 min read

After a spokeswoman for India's ruling party made disparaging remarks about the prophet Muhammad during a recent televised debate, rioters took to the streets in the northern city of Kanpur, throwing rocks and clashing with police.

It was only the beginning of a controversy that would have global repercussions.

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