The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said that a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots was a propaganda piece designed to push a discredited narrative, reported ANI.
The documentary, titled India: The Modi Question, claimed that a team sent by the British government had found that Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat, had created a “climate of impunity” that led to the violence against Muslims.
The documentary was released on January 17 and removed from YouTube a day later.
“The bias, lack of objectivity and continuing colonial mindset is blatantly visible,” Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson for the ministry, said. “If anything, this film or documentary is a reflection on the agency and individuals that are peddling this narrative again.”
Bagchi added that the documentary raises doubts about the purpose and the agenda behind it. “Frankly, we don’t wish to dignify such efforts,” he said.
If anything, this film or documentary is a reflection on the agency & individuals that are peddling this narrative again. It makes us wonder about the purpose of this exercise &the agenda behind it. Frankly, we don’t wish to dignify such efforts: MEA on BBC documentary on PM Modi pic.twitter.com/FmwlNn1Y9M
— ANI (@ANI) January 19, 2023
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