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    Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar sacked over anti-Islam tweet


    Dubai hotel ends contract with chef who tweeted that Islam had ‘terrorised’ Hindus for 2,000 years

    Michael Safi in Delhi

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    Atul Kochhar had been reacting to an episode of the US television programme Quantico. Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Observer
    A Dubai hotel has terminated its contract with the Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar after he tweeted that followers of Islam had “terrorised” Hindus for 2,000 years.

    The London-based chef, who is associated with the Rang Mahal restaurant in Dubai as well as five others in the UK and Spain, had been reacting to an episode of the US TV programme Quantico.

    A recent episode of the action series, which stars the Indian actor Priyanka Chopra, depicted a terrorist plot hatched by a group of Hindu nationalists. It provoked outrage among some Indians and Chopra apologised for the storyline at the weekend.

    Kochhar tweeted on Sunday: “It’s sad to see that you [Chopra] have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorized by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on You.”

    He deleted the tweet the following day and apologised. “There is no justification for my tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment on Sunday,” he wrote.

    “I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologise. I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many.”

    Kochhar was the second Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, awarded to his Benares restaurant in London in 2007.

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    He apologised again on Wednesday after a flood of outraged on social media including threats to boycott his Dubai restaurant and the JW Marriott Marquis hotel that houses it.

    But the hotel announced on Wednesday afternoon it was terminating its relationship with the Indian-born chef, who has appeared in MasterChef in the UK and India.

    “Following the recent comments made by chef Atul Kochhar, we have taken the decision to end our agreement with him for Rang Mahal,” said a spokeswoman. “At the JW Marriott Marquis hotel Dubai we pride ourselves on creating a culture of diversity and inclusion for our guests and associates across the hotel and our restaurants.”

    Kochhar said in a statement: “The decision by JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is deeply upsetting, however I fully accept the great pain I have caused and the difficult position the hotel has been put in.

    “I have great respect for JW Marriott and in particular their staff in Dubai and wish the hotel well for the future. I hope my friends and well-wishers in Dubai will forgive me and continue to support me in the future.”

    Islamic empires have claimed parts of the Indian subcontinent for more than 1,000 years and much of what is modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh was ruled by the Muslim Mughals from the 16th century until they were displaced by the British.

    The Mughals integrated and became an Indian dynasty; about 172 million Muslims live in India today, one of the largest Islamic populations in the world.

    Hindu nationalists view the Mughal and earlier eras as a period of foreign rule when their traditions and culture were diluted. This nationalist or Hindutva vision was once fringe but has increasingly become mainstream in the past three decades.

    Soon after he was elected prime minister in 2014, Narendra Modi, a staunch Hindu nationalist, told parliament the country needed to throw off its “slave mentality of 1,200 years” – seen as a reference to the period of Islamic and British rule.

    ABC studios, which produces Quantico, apologised for the storyline on Sunday and defended Chopra, who they said “didn’t create the show, nor ... write or direct it”.

    It added: “The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, but in this case we inadvertently and regrettably stepped into a complex political issue. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone.”
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  2. AZADPAKISTAN2009

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    Well UAE have been harboring Anti Muslim factions (Indians) and the Anti Muslim rants are nothing new time for UAE to wake up
     
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    sometimes people say things in anger which they don't mean it and regret afterwards. He apologized and that should be the end of it.
     
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    Oh now the Hindu dalat is apologising as it hurts his pocket lol. Dirty pee drinker
     
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    It seems like Arab hospitality of Modi and his ilk is running out. These Indian fascists need to realize that Afghanistan, Iran, Bangladesh, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, KSA are Muslim nations and will eventually come back to Pakistan’s side.
     
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    lol these indians are shameless and will not leave muslim country UAE.... will beg for another job....i wonder if they have so much hate for Muslims why they beg to muslims for low level jobs?
     
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    He should be deported and needs to pay compensation penalty for the hate speech.

    #AtulGoingBack
    #KochurAcheDinn
     
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    They take advantage of corruption among Muslims and it's natural. How Muslims treat each other is unnatural. UAE is now trying to cover up the unpleasant fact that they are the hub of anti-Muslim Nazis.
     
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    I don't understand what the fuss is all about?

    He has apologized for getting the number of years wrong.

    Cheers, Doc
     
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    Serve him right. He should be kicked out from UAE as well. More ever, this is a popular narrative of Indian Hindus about Muslims as a whole. Unfortunately most of the Muslim countries does not count this into consideration while they blindly boycott Israel. Hopefully idiot, yet loyalist Hindu like this man, will open eyes of many Muslims around the world.
     
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    he deserves no mercy
     
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    Atul kocha? hang him by his balls so this hinduvata doesnt go back and rape women!
     
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    Agree. We would have done the same to any jihadist mouthing off. Especially if he or she was a foreigner.

    If you are earning your bread in a foreign country and mouthing off against it or its values, ideals, pet holy cows, etc. then that just makes you a mercenary hypocrite.

    As most desis living abroad generally are, regardless of their faith.

    Ask any gora who the most cringeworthy annoying self righteous species on earth is.

    Chances are beyond high that he will point in our direction.

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    Are you saying out of any principle stand or on the ground that he is in a Muslim country so they have the right to do that?
     
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    He is in a Muslim Country.

    Their country. Their rules

    @s@rjen