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BBC Documentary: BBC raises questions on India’s judiciary

BBC Documentary: BBC raises questions on India’s judiciary

For a long time BBC has been dominated by anti-India and anti-Hindu people. Due to anti-India reports of BBC, there have been chances of bitterness in India-UK relations many times.


oi-Ajay Setia

Updated: Sunday, January 22, 2023, 12:48 [IST]

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What BBC has done is not new. For the last several years, the Hindi service of BBC has been carrying news against India not only from India but also from Pakistan. The latest incident is of a documentary. BBC has made a two episode documentary called – “India: The Modi Question”. Its first episode has been aired in Britain on 17 January. The next episode is going to air on 24 January. In the first episode, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been attacked regarding the Gujarat riots.

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Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat during the riots. However, during the UPA regime itself, the Supreme Court had acquitted Narendra Modi of all the charges against him. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the 2002 riots were the main election agenda of the Congress. That’s why UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi called Narendra Modi a merchant of death. From the judiciary of India to the people of Gujarat and the country, these allegations against Modi have been rejected more than half a dozen times. But now before the 2024 elections, an international campaign has started once again to mobilize Muslim votes against Modi. The BBC documentary is part of this campaign.

In this documentary by former BBC reporter Jill McGivering, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been tried to show as a fundamentalist Hindu avenging the Godhra incident. He has tried to portray that the Gujarat riots were caused by Hindu anger, which was tacitly approved by the Modi government. Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi asked at a routine press conference on January 19, two days after the documentary aired. In response to the question, it was said that this documentary of BBC is a propaganda piece. Its purpose is to present the same narrative, which people have already rejected. The agency and person who made this film or documentary want to repeat the same narrative.

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The Ministry of External Affairs termed it as an attempt to spread propaganda against India. In this documentary, an attempt has been made to cover up the role of Muslim fundamentalists in the train burning in Godhra. 59 Hindus were killed in the Godhra incident. At 9:12 minutes in the documentary it is claimed that the cause of the train fire in Godhra was disputed, it was not clear that the train was set on fire by Muslims, yet Muslims were blamed for the incident.

One such attempt to get the Muslims acquitted of the fire started during the UPA regime as well, when the then Railway Minister Lalu Yadav constituted the UC Banerjee Commission in September 2004 to investigate the fire. This commission had reported that the fire was accidental. It was said in the report of the commission that the sadhus were smoking beedi in the coach and during that time the fire broke out by mistake. The Gujarat High Court in U.C. Banerjee had not only rejected the report of the committee, but also termed the formation of the commission as ‘illegal’ and ‘unconstitutional’, as the Nanavati-Shah commission was already probing all aspects related to the riots.

In March 2008, it was during the UPA regime that the Nanavati Commission, in its probe report into the Godhra incident, said that it was a pre-planned conspiracy and that the S-6 coach was burnt by a mob after pouring petrol. The commission had cited the report of the Forensic Science Laboratory. Not only this, but in February 2011, during the UPA regime itself, the lower court found 31 Muslim rioters guilty of the Godhra carnage, while acquitted 63 others. The court sentenced 11 people to death and 20 to life imprisonment. However, in October 2017, the Gujarat High Court sentenced all to life imprisonment.

In this case, on the basis of the statements of eyewitnesses and surviving witnesses of the Godhra incident, it was proved in the court that the train was set on fire by Muslim fanatics. In this way, to say now on behalf of BBC that the reason for the fire in the train in Godhra was disputed, is to point fingers at the judiciary of India. The question is also whether India and the British government should not ban this BBC report as it is questioning the judiciary of any country.

This BBC documentary is an attempt to spread lies about the Gujarat riots. With this, he wants to convert the atmosphere of peace created in the country into an atmosphere of communal violence. BBC has made such efforts many times before. The BBC episode claims that its documentary is based on a British Foreign Office report. This purported British Foreign Office report claims that Modi was “directly responsible” for creating an atmosphere of violence in Gujarat. Before this, all the opposition parties of India and the left liberal media have been fabricating the same narrative, but the Supreme Court has rejected all these allegations.

Due to the anti-India reports of BBC, there have been chances of bitterness in India-UK relations many times. The matter of this BBC report has also been raised in the Parliament of Britain. One of the proofs of how Muslims around the world work on the agenda is that the British Muslim MP Imran Hussain raised this issue in the Parliament there and asked whether Prime Minister Rishi Sunak agreed with this report of British diplomats, In which Modi has been held directly responsible for the Gujarat violence? And what is his opinion on this issue? In response to this question, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that he does not agree with the characterization done by the MP.

Even before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BBC had published news inciting Muslims. That report of April 21, 2019 is still available on the BBC website, titled – “Have Indian Muslims forgotten the Gujarat riots?” Not only this, but recently, when a three-member bench of the Supreme Court had given a clean chit to Narendra Modi and the then administration by rejecting Zakia Jafri’s petition challenging the SIT report, the BBC on 9 July 2022 Questioning the decision of the Supreme Court, a report was published, titled – “These questions are being asked on the decision of the Supreme Court in the Gujarat riots case.” While the bench had said in its judgment that no allegation of planning, conspiracy and involvement of senior officials in the riots was proved. The BBC documentary is based on the theory that high officials of the Modi government had instigated the riots.

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BBC Documentary raises question on Indian Judiciary.

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