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Modi walks a tightrope between Hindu base and Muslim trade partners

India has no desire to jeopardize its growing relationship with the Islamic world

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Protesters hold placards demanding the arrest of Nupur Sharma, a spokeswoman for ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, in Mumbai on June 7: Anger spread to the Islamic world.   © Sipa/AP

Rupa Subramanya is a researcher and commentator. She is a distinguished fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the co-author of "Indianomix: Making Sense of Modern India."

In a televised debate on May 26, Nupur Sharma, a fiery and prominent spokeswoman for India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, referred disparagingly to the Prophet Muhammad's third wife Aisha, who was still a minor at the time of their marriage.

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