Who is Nupur Sharma?
Nupur Sharma is an Indian politician and attorney born on April 23, 1985. Until June 2022, she served as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s national spokeswoman (BJP). She frequently served as the official speaker for the BJP during debates on Indian television. She was described as brave and outspoken. Due to her contentious remarks concerning the Islamic prophet Muhammad and the age of his third wife, Aisha, at the time of their marriage and consummation, she was expelled from the party in June 2022.
In 1985, Nupur Sharma was born in New Delhi. She hails from a business- and government-sector-related family. Her mother was raised in Dehradun. Sharma attended the Mathura Road campus of the Delhi Public School. She eventually earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Delhi University’s Hindu College before completing her Bachelor of Laws there. While still a student, she joined the Sangh Parivar’s student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). In 2008, she won the presidency of the Delhi University Students Union, ending the ABVP’s eight-year dry spell. During her tenure, she was involved in a noteworthy event where she led an ABVP mob to jeer S. A. R.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hired Sharma after he returned from London in 2010–2011. She joined the working committee of the Delhi BJP in 2013. She is rumoured to have collaborated with influential figures, including Arvind Pradhan, Amit Shah, and Arun Jaitley. At 30, she was nominated to run in the 2015 Delhi Legislative Assembly election against Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). She came in last, losing by 31,000 votes.
She was then chosen to serve as Manoj Tiwari’s official spokeswoman for the Delhi chapter of the BJP. During J, she was selected as the BJP’s national spokesman in 2020. P. Nadda’s administration.
She was frequently sent out for TV discussions on national topics even when she was a member of the Delhi unit, according to a Delhi BJP leader, because of her legal expertise, comprehensive understanding of national issues, and bilingual abilities. She was seen as young, energetic, bold, and frequently appeared on televised discussions. She is known to have made several derogatory remarks about opposing panellists, which sparked controversy on Twitter.
The Kolkata Police charged her in 2017 when they discovered that she had shared a picture of the Gujarat riots from 2002 while misrepresenting it as a picture of violence in West Bengal.
On May 26, 2022, Sharma participated in a debate on the Gyanvapi Mosque controversy on the Times Now television network. During the discussion, Sharma made controversial comments about the age of Muhammad’s wife Aisha and the consummation of their union at the time of their marriage. A day later, Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of the fact-checking website Alt News, published the video of her remarks on social media to harsh condemnation. The following day, Times Now removed the program’s video from its YouTube channel. Sharma defended her statements and said Zubair “heavily [edited]” the video; she also asserted that as a result, she was receiving rape and murder threats, which prompted Delhi police to offer security. Journalists point out that Sharma has said things like this on other TV programmes.
The following day, Sharma was the subject of a police FIR (First Information Report) in Mumbai for allegedly “hurting religious emotions.” After that, more FIRs were filed in cities across the nation, including one in Hyderabad, filed by legislator Asaduddin Owaisi. On June 3, a Muslim organization in Kanpur called for a bandh (shut down) to protest the comments; at this time, violence broke out, injuring 40 persons. In the interim, Sharma’s remarks persisted in being circulated on social media, particularly in the Arab world. By June 4, all of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations and Turkey’s top 10 trending hashtags included “insult to Prophet Mohammed.”
The Grand Mufti of Oman was the first notable person outside India to criticize Sharma on June 5. He demanded the expropriation of all Indian investments in Oman and a boycott of all Indian goods, calling the comments “insolent and vulgar rudeness.” The Indian ambassador was summoned by the government of Qatar, who demanded an immediate rebuke and apology. According to the envoy, Sharma was a “fringe element” who did not represent the views of the Indian government. The Indian envoys were called and given protest papers by Kuwait and Iran the same day.
By the end of the day on June 5, Sharma had been expelled from the BJP. “The BJP strongly denounces assaults of any religious personalities of any religion,” read the party statement. Sharma then “unconditionally” apologized for her comments, but she emphasized that they were made in response to the “constant abuse and disregard” for the Hindu god Shiva. Numerous BJP followers, including some BJP MPs, stood by Nupur Sharma and denounced the party and the administration for forsaking her and capitulating to external pressure. On Twitter, hashtags like “#ShameOnBJP” and “#ISupportNupurSharma” gained traction.
A Mumbai Police squad that had travelled to Delhi in June to examine Sharma was unsuccessful in finding her despite camping for five days.
On June 28, 2022, in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India, two Muslim assailants killed Hindu tailor Kanhaiya Lal for reportedly uploading a social media message supporting Sharma.