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BBC Documentary On PM Narendra Modi, India Slams calls it ‘Propaganda’

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The Ministry of External Affairs slammed the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, calling it a propaganda piece designed to push a discredited narrative. “The bias, lack of objectivity, and continuing colonial mindset are blatantly visible,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, who added that the documentary had not been shown in India.

“If anything, this film or BBC documentary is a critique of the agency and individuals who are peddling this narrative once more. It makes us wonder what the point of this exercise is and what the agenda is behind it. To be honest, we don’t want to elevate such efforts “Bagchi stated.

 

The series is about the riots that erupted in Gujarat during Modi’s tenure as chief minister. According to the BBC website, the documentary “looks at the tensions between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s Muslim minority, investigating claims about his role in the 2002 riots that killed over a thousand people.”

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Richard Cookson is the series’ producer, and Mike Radford is its executive producer.

According to some reports, YouTube has removed the documentary.

The BBC responded to the controversy by saying that the documentary had been “rigorously researched,” and that it had reached out to the Indian government for a response, but that it had declined to comment.

 

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he “doesn’t agree with the characterisation” of Pakistani-origin MP Imran Hussain, who raised the topic of the documentary in the House on Thursday.

Hussain, a Labour MP, brought up the controversial documentary, saying “He (PM Modi) was, in the FCO’s (Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s) own words, directly responsible for this violence.

 

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