Indian diaspora in UK protests against BBC documentary on PM Modi

LONDON: Large crowds of British Indians staged protests outside BBC Headquarters in London and its regional offices on Sunday against the controversial two-part documentary of this TV station about Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Indian government has blocked and banned people from showing or sharing the movie. clips on social networks.
Protesters demand BBC stop broadcasting documentary”India: Question Modi” in the UK. They held up placards bearing slogans like ‘Boycott BBC’, ‘British Bias Corporation’ and ‘BBC: you don’t deserve it.’ They waved Indian flags and people heard chants – outside BBC HQ’s Oxford Circus – such as “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Shame on BBC”.
Protester Vandana Sharma, 40, who runs a construction company, said the BBC documentary had “spread lies about the Prime Minister of India based on false propaganda”. She said the BBC had cut interviews it did and “only put out what fits their agenda”.
“They did this to spread a false story in India to incite violence between Hindus and Muslims. Who are they to question our Supreme Court? I am boycott the BBC. Why are they showing this now? There are many forces working behind the scenes to stop Prime Minister Modi in 2024 but I think he will still win,” she said.
Vishwa Singh, 48, an IT consultant, was another protester who questioned the BBC’s intentions. “SC has spent 10 years investigating these riots and Modi is not involved in anything. However, BBC keeps talking about it. BBC has no right to interfere in another country’s affairs. Why didn’t the BBC investigate the grooming gangs in the UK?Have they made a documentary about the suffering caused by British imperialism?”
Protester Pradeep Rajput asked why the BBC had never shown anything about Hindu girls abducted in Pakistan and had omitted Kashmir from the map of India in the past. According to protesters, the documentary does not tell the whole story, including the origins of the riots.
“They haven’t interviewed a single Hindu family killed on board (in Godhra),” said Yash Nooka, 32, a software engineer. Raj Agrawal, 40, echoed a similar view, saying: “Their agenda is pro-Muslim, anti-India and anti-Hindu. They don’t portray the other side. They make a chapter. agenda to smear Modi and India.”


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