Data | Hate remarks against the Prophet: Why does the Gulf matter?

India gets almost 40% of its fuel needs from the Gulf States and Iran. About 90 lakh Indians live in the region and they account for over 55% of India’s remittance inflows

India gets almost 40% of its fuel needs from the Gulf States and Iran. About 90 lakh Indians live in the region and they account for over 55% of India’s remittance inflows

Following diplomatic opposition from all countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council – Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman – and Iran, the ruling BJP suspended its spokesman, Nupur Sharma, and the Delhi unit of the party expelled the head of the media cell, Naveen Kumar, for their comments about the prophet Mohammed and Islam. This strong response was necessary because the Gulf States play a vital role in four key areas. First, the region accounts for 16% of India’s total imports, with the UAE and Saudi Arabia being among India’s top five import partners. Second, India gets almost 40% of its fuel needs from the GCC countries and Iran. Three, approximately 90 lakh Indians (28% of overseas Indians) live in the Gulf region. And four, they account for over 55% of inbound remittances in India.

Share in the trade

The table summarizes the share of the GCC countries and Iran in India’s total trade, imports and exports and their ranking in more than 200 countries between 2017 and 2021. For example, the UAE accounted for 7% of total trade in India and were in third place.

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oil dependence

The table summarizes the share of the GCC countries and Iran of India’s total fuel imports, including crude oil, natural gas and coal between 2017 and 2021. For example, during this period, 14% of India’s fuel needs came from Saudi Arabia. Arabia.

Indians in the Gulf

The table shows the number of overseas Indians in GCC countries and Iran according to the latest data published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. About 3.4 million Indians live in the UAE alone.

Incoming transfers

The table summarizes GCC countries’ remittances to India in 2017. The UAE accounts for 20% of India’s inbound remittances.

Source: UN Comtrade, Pew, MEA

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