Footage of a BBC documentary about the government of Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi. Photo/bbc
NEW DELHI – India’s Foreign Ministry (Kemlu) strongly condemned the BBC for broadcasting “propaganda” about Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi.
The BBC documentary focuses on allegations that the Modi government discriminates against Muslims. The film also accuses the PM of possibly having a role in sparking ethnic riots in 2002.
“Let me make it clear that we think this is a piece of propaganda designed to push certain discredited narratives,” Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi told NDTV on Thursday (19/1/2023).
He added, “The bias, the lack of objectivity and, frankly, the continuing colonial mindset, is evident.”
“If anything, this film or documentary is a reflection of the agencies and individuals who are peddling this narrative again,” continued Bagchi.
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“It makes us wonder about the purpose of this and the agenda behind it and frankly we don’t want to reward the effort,” he concluded.
The first episode of a two-part BBC documentary titled “India: The Modi Question” aired on Tuesday.
The film depicts the rise of a Hindu Prime Minister to power with a focus on his policies towards India’s Muslim minority.
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