PM Modi BBC Documentary: BBC has released a documentary on the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and the 2002 Gujarat riots (Gujarat Riot 2002). Controversy is increasing on this. BBC is facing criticism for this documentary from India to Britain. Now America has also entered in this whole controversy.
The American says he is not aware of the BBC documentary, but is fully aware of the shared ‘democratic values’ that link Washington and New Delhi. Let us tell you 10 important updates related to this controversy.
- BBC has recently released a two part series titled ‘India: The Modi Question’. BBC claims that this series explores various aspects of the 2002 riots in Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state during the Gujarat riots.
- Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs Mahua Moitra and Derek O’Brien hit out at the Center for Gujarat riots and PM Modi as soon as the documentary hit the internet. Shared the ‘link’ of the controversial BBC documentary based on . After this Twitter had removed his tweet.
- Law Minister Kiren Rijiju also commented on this controversy. He wrote in the tweet, "Some people in India have still not recovered from the colonial hangover. They consider BBC above the Supreme Court of India and lower the country’s dignity and image to any extent to please their moral masters."
- Despite strong objection from the central government, the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the student wing of Kerala’s ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist), said that ‘India: The Modi Question’ will be screened in the state. DYFI made the announcement on its Facebook page.
- Two days back, the controversial documentary was also screened on the Hyderabad University campus. After this, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) gave a complaint to the police. On this matter, the university said that the students showed the BBC documentary a day after the Centre’s order.
- Pamphlets regarding the screening program were also distributed in Delhi’s JNU campus. Students union president Aishe Ghosh also shared the poster of the controversial documentary. Jawaharlal Nehru University administration issued an advisory after Aishi’s post went viral. After this the screening here was cancelled.
- There has been an uproar in Britain regarding the BBC documentary. An online petition has been started here. Prime Minister in the petition Narendra Modi.
- Media in the UK But there has also been a demand from the monitoring organization The Office of Communications (OFCOM) to hold the BBC accountable. It has been said in the petition that there has been failure many times to secure the content standards. Therefore, it is requested to have necessary discussions with the broadcaster regarding necessary corrections and clarifications.
- Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) has also written a letter to BBC. HFB has said that it is disappointed by the ‘anti-Hindu bias’ of the BBC. In a letter to Deborah Turnus, CEO of BBC News, the HFB said, "The core of impartial reporting is missing in the content of India: The Modi Question. A large number of people from the Hindu community have contacted us saying that the BBC has been insensitive in airing the documentary. This can increase the dispute between the two communities."
- At the same time, the central government directed social media platforms Twitter and YouTube on Friday to block the link of the documentary. The Ministry of External Affairs said that it lacks objectivity and reflects a colonial mindset. However, opposition parties like Congress and Trinamool Congress have strongly criticized the government’s move to block the Twitter posts.