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“Wrong precedent”: Congress leader AK Antony’s son objects to BBC documentary

Amidst the controversy over the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP got support from the ‘unexpected class’ on Tuesday. Veteran Congress leader and daughter of former Kerala CM AK Antony, Anil K Antony has objected to the documentary. Expressing a different opinion on this issue from the stand of his party and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Anil Antony wrote in a tweet, “Prefering the views of British broadcasters to Indian institutions, will ‘undermine’ the sovereignty of the country”.

Speaking to NDTV, Anil Antony said he has “no problem” with anyone in the Congress party, including Rahul Gandhi, but “in the 75th year of our independence, we don’t have to allow foreigners or their institutions to undermine our sovereignty”. Permission should not be given.” His statement came on the same day that Rahul Gandhi, while talking to reporters in Jammu during his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, questioned the government’s efforts to prevent online sharing of the documentary in the country. Rahul had said, “If you read our Vedas, Bhagavad Gita or Upanishads, you will see that it is written there that truth cannot be hidden. Truth always comes out.” You can ban the press, you can suppress it, you can control the institutions, you can use CBI, ED etc. but the truth is the truth. Truth shines through. Threatening will not stop the truth from coming out.

The comment by Anil Antony, who handles the digital communications of the Kerala unit of the Congress, is in sharp contrast to the party’s stand in Kerala where various party units have announced screenings of the controversial BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots. Significantly, the Central Government on Friday ordered the blocking of tweets sharing a BBC documentary criticizing PM Narendra Modi. The tweets through which the YouTube link of the BBC documentary has been shared have also been blocked. The Ministry of External Affairs had described this documentary as part of such propaganda which reflects the colonial mindset.

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