Who is Nupur Sharma? What is she trending?
A complaint has been filed against a prominent leading member Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s capital, Delhi, for her inflammatory remarks concerning the Prophet Muhammad.
Nupur Sharma’s comments, delivered during a television debate in May, enraged Indian Muslims and angered a few Islamic countries.
Ms Sharma – and some colleagues – are being interrogated “on the basis of social media analysis against individuals attempting to disrupt public peace and instigating people on divisive lines,” as per Police authorities.
Ms Sharma is not an outlier.
The lawyer would have been a much “designated Party spokesman” she featured in late-night TV interviews to advocate and support Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party until she was fired.
Ms Sharma was a bright law student at Delhi University. It was the year 2008 when she launched her career in politics as she was sworn in as president of the students’ union as a nominee of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
For further studies, she went to London to complete her master’s degree in international business law; after arriving in India, her political career took off.
Ms Sharma has been an influential figure to Indian television viewers in recent years. She can be heard saying at and heckling her political rivals, even putting them down.
She labelled a participant “a bloody hypocrite and a liar” and instructed him to “shut up” in a brief video recently posted widely by her followers on Twitter.
Her admirers hailed her, describing her as “a lioness, and a ferocious and bold warrior,” after she published the video online, in which she was following her millions of supporters.