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India does damage control in Muslim world over anti-Islam remarks

Economic partners no longer turning blind eye to Modi government's divisive record

Protesters condemn Indian officials' derogatory references to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad in Lahore, Pakistan, on June 8.   © AP

NEW YORK -- India's government is rushing to appease some of the world's most powerful Muslim-majority countries, after derogatory remarks from two ruling party officials against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad triggered diplomatic outrage and accusations of blasphemy.

One of the officials has been suspended while the other was expelled from the party. Indian security forces, meanwhile, are on high alert as terror groups warn of revenge attacks. Several Indian media outlets shared a letter from the local branch of al-Qaida threatening suicide bombings in Indian states to defend "the honor of the Prophet."

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