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Legal Fraternity Urges Amit Shah to Probe ‘International Conspiracy Angle’ in BBC Documentary on PM Modi

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Legal Fraternity Urges Amit Shah to Probe ‘International Conspiracy Angle’ in BBC Documentary on PM Modi

Edited By: Pritha Mallick

Last Updated: January 22, 2023, 23:17 IST

Image of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. (File photo/News18)

Image of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. (File photograph/News18)

The BBC documentary titled “India: The Modi Question” has been trashed by the Ministry of External Affairs as a “propaganda piece” that lacked objectivity and mirrored a “colonial mindset”

All India Bar Association (AIBA) on Sunday wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah searching for a “360-degree probe” into the “international conspiracy angle” in the controversial BBC documentary “India: The Modi Question”.

The two-part BBC documentary, which claims it investigated sure elements relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state, has been trashed by the Ministry of External Affairs as a “propaganda piece” that lacked objectivity and reflected a “colonial mindset”.

The central authorities has issued instructions for blocking a number of movies to YouTube and Twitter posts sharing hyperlinks of the docu-series. The instructions had been issued by Apurva Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Friday utilizing the emergency powers beneath the IT Rules, 2021.

The documentary was discovered to be an “try to solid aspersions on the authority and credibility of the Supreme Court, sow divisions amongst numerous Indian communities, and make unsubstantiated allegations relating to actions of overseas governments in India,” according to senior officials of several ministries, including external affairs, home affairs, and information and broadcasting who examined the series.

The condemnation by the Centre was also echoed by a group of 302 former judges, ex-bureaucrats and veterans who slammed the BBC documentary as a “motivated charge sheet against our leader, a fellow Indian and a patriot” and a mirrored image of “dyed-in-the-wool negativity and unrelenting prejudice”.

In a statement, the former bureaucrats and others claimed the documentary is the archetype of past British imperialism in India setting itself up as both judge and jury to resurrect Hindu-Muslim tensions that were overwhelmingly the creation of the British Raj policy of divide and rule.

Opposition Slam Censorship

Meanwhile, the Opposition including Congress leader Jairam Ramesh and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O’Brien accused the government of imposing censorship. Taking it to Twitter, Ramesh white, “PM and his drumbeaters assert that the new BBC documentary on him is slanderous. Censorship has been imposed.”

Senior TMC chief O’Brien tweeted: “Censorship. Twitter has taken down my tweet of the BBC documentary. It obtained lakhs of views. The one-hour BBC documentary exposes how PM hates minorities.”

Trinamool Congress MPs Mahua Moitra and Derek O’Brien also shared the links to the documentary on Twitter. Moitra tweeted: “Govt on war footing to ensure noone in India can watch a mere @BBC show. Shame that the emperor & courtiers of the world’s largest democracy are so insecure.”

Supreme Court-appointed investigation had discovered no proof of wrongdoing by PM Modi, who was chief minister of Gujarat when the riots broke out in February 2002.

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