The Dubai hotel was to terminate his contract with Michelin chef Atul Kochhar after he tweeted that followers of Islam “terrorized” by the Hindus for over 2000 years.
The London chef, which is linked to the rang mahal restaurant in Dubai, as well as five people in the UK and Spain, was reacting to an episode of a television program USA Quantico.
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A recent episode of the action series, which stars Indian actor Priyanka Chopra, depicted a terrorist conspiracy by a group of Hindu nationalists. This caused resentment among the Indians and Chopra apologized for the story on the weekend.
Kochhar tweeted on Sunday: “it is sad to see that you [Chopra] do not respect the feelings of Hindus who terrorized Islam over 2000 years. Shame on you”.
He deleted the tweet the next day and apologized. “There’s no excuse for my tweet, the main mistake made in the heat of Sunday”, – he wrote.
“I fully admit my inaccuracy that Islam was founded about 1400 years ago, and I sincerely apologize. I’m not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that offended many.”
Kochhar was the second Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, awarded to his restaurant Benares in London in 2007.
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He apologized again Wednesday after a stream of outraged social networks, including threats to boycott his restaurant Dubai hotel Marquis hotel that houses it.
But the hotel announced Wednesday afternoon he quits his relationship with an Indian chef, who appeared in masterchef in the UK and India.
“After the recent comments made by the chef Atul Kochhar, we decided to terminate our agreement with him, rang Mahal,” said the spokesman. “At the JW MARRIOTT Marquis Dubai, we are proud to create a culture of diversity and inclusion for our guests and partners throughout the hotel and in our restaurants.”
Kochhar said in a statement: “the decision of JW MARRIOTT Marquis Dubai is of great concern, but I fully accept the great pain I have caused and the difficult position of the hotel was introduced.
“I have great respect for the JW Marriott, and in particular their staff in Dubai and would like to have 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.”
The Islamic Empire claimed parts of the Indian subcontinent for over 1000 years and much of what is modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh was ruled by the Muslim Mughals from the 16th century until they were ousted by the British.
The Mughals integrated and became the Indian dynasty; about 172 million Muslims live in India today, one of the largest Islamic groups in the world.
Hindu nationalists view the Mughal and earlier eras, as a time of foreign domination, when their traditions and culture bred. This nationalist or Hindutva vision was once fringe, but increasingly in the last three decades the mainstream.
Shortly after he was elected Prime Minister in 2014, Narendra modi, a staunch Hindu nationalist, said in Parliament you will need to drop their “slave mentality of 1,200 years” – is regarded as a reference to the Islamic period and British rule.
ABC Studios, which produces Quantico, apologized for the story on Sunday and defended Chopra, who according to them “not to create a show or … to write or to send him.”
He added: “the show featured antagonists of different nationalities and professions, but in this case we accidentally and, unfortunately, became a complex political issue. It was, of course, have no intention to offend anyone”.