New Delhi: The central government has strongly opposed BBC’s documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, criticizing the documentary as being made with a colonial mentality.
The BBC has produced a documentary on the Gujarat riots of 2002, in relation to then Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Titled ‘India: Questions for Modi’, the documentary is made in two parts. In this documentary, we look at the tensions between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s Muslim minority. It insists on an inquiry into Narendra Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat riots in which over a thousand people were killed,” it said.
Subsequently, the central government has objected to this documentary. Commenting on this, Union External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Pakshi said, “This documentary has been made with the aim of spreading propaganda against India. This reflects the company that produced the documentary. This is a pro-documentary. This shows that the colonial mentality still persists. “This documentary is not dignified,” he criticized.
The Supreme Court, which investigated the riots in Gujarat, declared that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing by Prime Minister Modi, who was the Chief Minister during the Gujarat riots.
A report by the Special Investigation Committee, conducted a decade after the riots, said there was no evidence to prosecute Narendra Modi. It may be recalled that in June last year, the Supreme Court had quashed another case against Narendra Modi, saying it was without merit and was ulterior motive.