India's MEA: BBC Documentary on Modi, a "Propaganda"

By IndraStra Global News Team

India's MEA: BBC Documentary on Modi, a "Propaganda"

On January 19, India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official called out a recently aired British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary - India: The Modi Question - a "propaganda" that reflects "agencies and individuals" with a "colonial mindset." The documentary revealed the British government (under the Prime Ministership of Tony Blair) investigated the Gujarat riots of 2002.



The official; MEA spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, was responding to questions about the documentary that revisited the riots and several other related cases, including the assassination of former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya and alleged police inaction in the face of violent mobs. He clearly stated that the Indian government does not wish to "dignify" the documentary.


The documentary focuses on an unpublished report obtained by the BBC from the British Foreign Office that raises questions about Modi's actions during the religious riots that erupted after a train carrying Hindu pilgrims was set on fire the day before, killing dozens. The outbreak of violence, one of the worst since the nation's independence, resulted in the deaths of over a thousand people, the vast majority of whom were Muslims. According to the report, Modi was "directly responsible" for the "climate of impunity" that allowed the violence to occur. However, Modi has consistently denied any responsibility for the violence, and later, a Supreme Court panel concluded in 2013 that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him.


In his response, Bagchi continued, "Let me just make it very clear that we think this is a propaganda piece designed to push a particular discredited narrative." Even though the BBC did not broadcast the documentary in India, various social media platforms were inundated with clips shared by viewers from other countries. Additionally, it continued to be accessible on YouTube till it was taken down on Wednesday, January 18.  


In response to a question from The Hindu, a BBC representative stated, "The documentary on YouTube was not uploaded by the BBC. As is standard practice, we follow a procedure to have illegal uploads of any BBC content removed." Additionally, the organisation defended the programme by claiming it was "rigorously researched."


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