Defending Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the British Parliament, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has distanced himself from the BBC documentary series, saying he “disagrees with the character” of his Indian counterpart.
Mr Sunak made the comments in a controversial documentary tabled 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 tolerate oppression where it appears anywhere but I’m not sure I disagree at all with the characterization of the hon. He said in response to Hussain’s question, reported by the BBC.
The UK national broadcaster BBC aired a two-part series attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat during the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Prominent Indian-origin UK citizens condemned the series. Prominent UK citizen Lord Rami Ranger said, “BBC has done a lot of damage to more than a billion Indians.”
Condemning the BBC’s biased reporting, Rami tweeted, “@BBCNews you have hurt more than a billion Indians a lot it insulted a democratically elected @PMOIndia Indian Police and Indian Judiciary. We condemn the riots and loss of life and also condemn your biased reporting.” ”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also responded to the BBC report, saying it was a completely biased copy.
Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We think this is a propaganda piece. It has no objectivity. It is biased. Note that it has not been shown in India. We do not want to answer further on this matter lest it happen.” Don’t get too much respect.”
He even questioned the “purpose of the exercise and the agenda behind it”.
“The documentary is reflective of the agencies and individuals that are re-peddling this narrative. It makes us wonder about the purpose of the exercise and the agenda behind it; frankly, we want to dignify the effort,” he added.
Referring to the apparent comments former UK secretary Jack Straw made in the documentary series, Bagchi said “He (Jack Straw) seems to be referring to some internal UK report. How can I access it? It’s a 20-year-old report. Why are we looking at it now?” Jump over? Only Jack said how they legitimize it so much.”
“I have heard words like inquiry and investigation. There is a reason why we use the colonial mentality. We do not use the words loosely. In what investigation were they diplomats there… investigation, are they ruling the country?” Bagchi asked.