BBC documentary on PM Modi “part of propaganda”: India

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BBC’s two-part series “India: The Modi Question” evokes strong reactions

Responding to reporters’ questions on the BBC documentary, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said it was part of a disinformation campaign to propel a particular ‘false narrative’.

New Delhi: Describing the BBC’s documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots as ‘a piece of propaganda’, India said on Thursday that it clearly reflected bias, lack of objectivity and a colonial mindset. Responding to reporters’ questions about the BBC documentary, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said it was a part of propaganda to propel a particular ‘wrong narrative’. He added, “Note that this has not been screened in India so I’m just going to comment on what I’ve heard about it and what my colleagues have seen? I’ll be clear that we think It is a part of disinformation to push a particular narrative and there is an agenda behind it.”

Bagchi said, “This makes us think about the purpose of this exercise and the agenda behind it.” He said that it clearly shows bias, lack of objectivity and colonial mindset. The spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said that this documentary reflects the mindset of that agency and those who are taking this narrative forward again. He said that this BBC documentary on PM Narendra Modi is part of propaganda which questions his leadership during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Let us tell you, there have been sharp reactions to the BBC’s two-part series “India: The Modi Question”.

Let me tell you, when Modi was the Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat, there were fierce riots there. Significantly, the committee constituted on the instructions of the Supreme Court to investigate the Gujarat riots had given a clean chit to Narendra Modi. The committee did not find any evidence against Modi in the case.

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