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Rishi Sunak snubs Pak-Origin MP on BBC series on PM Modi and the 2002 riots

Rishi Sunak snubs Pak-Origin MP on BBC series on PM Modi and the 2002 riots

The Department of External Affairs also reacted to the BBC report.


Defending Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the British Parliament, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak distanced himself from the BBC documentary series, saying he “does not agree with the characterization” of his Indian counterpart.

Mr Sunak made the remarks on the controversial documentary which was raised in the British Parliament by Pakistani-born MP Imran Hussain.

“The UK Government’s position on this is clear and long standing and has not changed, of course we do not condone persecution where it appears anywhere but I am not sure I am of the totally agree with the characterization that the honorable gentleman has put forward,” he said, answering Hussain’s question about the BBC report.

UK national broadcaster BBC aired a two-part series attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure as chief minister of Gujarat during the Gujarat riots in 2002. The documentary sparked outrage and was removed from some platforms .

Prominent British citizens of Indian origin have condemned the series. Prominent British citizen Lord Rami Ranger said that “the BBC has caused great harm to over a billion Indians”.

Condemning the BBC’s biased reporting, Rami tweeted: “@BBCNews You have done great harm to over a billion Indians. This insults a democratically elected Indian Police @PMOIndia and India’s justice system. We condemn the riots and loss of life and also condemn your biased reporting.”

The Department of External Affairs also reacted to the BBC report and said it was a completely biased copy.

At a weekly briefing in New Delhi, MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said: “We believe this is a propaganda article. It has no objectivity. It is biased. Note that this was not screened in India. We don’t want to respond further on this so it doesn’t get a lot of dignity.”

He even raised questions about “the purpose of the exercise and the agenda behind it”.

“The documentary is a reflection of the agency and the individuals who are re-peddling this narrative. It makes us question the purpose of the exercise and the agenda behind it; frankly, we want to honor those efforts. “, he added.

Referring to apparent remarks made by former UK secretary Jack Straw in the documentary series, Bagchi said: “He (Jack Straw) appears to be referring to an internal UK report. How do I get access to it? is a 20 year old report.. Why would we jump on it now? Just because Jack says so, how do they give it so much legitimacy.

“I’ve heard words like investigation and investigations. There’s a reason we use the colonial mindset.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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