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Gujarat riots documentary: BBC's motives are less clear

Critics of the documentary are correct in thinking that it is intended to embarrass Prime Minister Modi, that this has been released at a time when the presidency of G-20 has passed to India


Bharat Bhushan New Delhi
The airing of part one of a BBC documentary "India: The Modi Question" has raised political hackles in India. It suggests that the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi was directly responsible for the riots, which left 2,000 people dead, mostly Muslims. It has since been taken down from YouTube and other social media platforms, though it is still available on the internet. The government's spokesperson has criticised the documentary as "propaganda" and claimed, "The bias, lack of objectivity and continuing colonial mindset is blatantly visible."

Discomfiture at the BBC's invocation of the Gujarat carnage of 2002 on its twentieth anniversary
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First Published: Jan 23 2023 | 8:39 AM IST

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