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Gujarat Assembly Passes Resolution Against BBC; Urges Strict Action

| Updated: March 11, 2023 11:43

The Gujarat Assembly passed a resolution on Friday urging the Centre to take strict action against the BBC for harming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reputation with its documentary on the 2002 Godhra riots.

“The documentary was not just against PM Modi but against 135 crore citizens of the country,” said minister Harsh Sanghavi. “PM Modi dedicated his entire life to the service of the nation, weaponised the instrument of development and gave a befitting reply to anti-national elements. He worked hard to put India on the global stage.”

India: The Modi Question, a documentary about the 2002 Gujarat riots, was released by the BBC in January of this year. The documentary generated controversy because it disregarded the Supreme Court’s clear ruling and made references to Modi’s management of the riots while he served as chief minister.

It was referred to as a “propaganda piece” by the Ministry of External Affairs since it had a “colonial mindset,” according to them. British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly claimed that at a bilateral meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar while in India, the topic of searches at BBC offices in India was brought up. 

“I didn’t see the documentary but I’ve seen reactions in UK and India. BBC is an independent organisation and separate from the government. I enjoy a strong personal relationship with Dr Jaishankar…relationship between UK-India growing stronger by the day,” said Cleverly when asked about the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modii.

Income Tax officials searched the British broadcaster’s headquarters in New Delhi and Mumbai in February of this year. The controversial BBC documentary “India: The Modi Question” was the subject of directives from the central government in January to remove YouTube videos and Twitter posts that shared links to it.

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