Indian diaspora in London protests outside BBC headquarters

By Loveena Tandon: “We do not deserve this,” said one of the protestors in London, staging demonstrations against the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Indian diaspora in the United Kingdom shared concerns about the BBC’s narrative, which could ‘create a rift between the Indian Hindu and Muslim communities’ based in England.

The protests in London came a week after the Indian government imposed a nationwide ban on the airing of the BBC documentary.

Deeming the BBC’s two-part series as a ‘propaganda piece designed to push a particular discredited narrative’, the Centre blocked the BBC’s documentary titled ‘India: The Modi Question’ consisted of PM Modi’s (then Gujarat CM) quizzing by a BBC reporter who asked the state leadership about the 2002 Gujarat riots and the alleged ethnic mob violence that ensued.

The violence broke out allegedly after a train carrying Hindu pilgrims in Godhra was set ablaze.

The series also alleged PM Modi’s (then Gujarat CM) uncomfortable ties with the Muslim community in India.

Rebutting the BBC’s take on the 2002 Gujarat riots and saying that their narrative was lopsided, Indians in hundreds gathered outside the BBC headquarters to carry out demonstrations on January 29.

In the UK, any household watching or recording a television programme is required to pay a monthly licence fee. The BBC depends on this fee. Many protestors resonated with what Jay said about denying to pay the licence fee if such a partial portrayal continues.

“We would like the BBC to apologise and be questioned in front of the Parliamentary select committee about the intent of making it at a time when the Indo-UK trade deal is being finalised,” said Arun Thakur, president of the National Council of Hindu Temples.

“It’s a witch hunt against PM Narendra Modi, who was exonerated by the Supreme Court,” said a protester.

Meanwhile, the Indian community staging protests in London also questioned the timing of the documentary. They believed that since India is approaching general elections in 2024, the agenda behind the BBC documentary was to tarnish PM Modi’s image.

“Why now?” many protesters asked.

“The intent and motif of the documentary should be investigated by an independent body,” said the president of Shree Ram Mandir Southall, one of the oldest temples in the UK.

Source : IndiaToday

Related Tags

Anti Hindus

Notice : The source URLs cited in the news/article might be only valid on the date the news/article was published. Most of them may become invalid from a day to a few months later. When a URL fails to work, you may go to the top level of the sources website and search for the news/article.

Disclaimer : The news/article published are collected from various sources and responsibility of news/article lies solely on the source itself. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) or its website is not in anyway connected nor it is responsible for the news/article content presented here. ​Opinions expressed in this article are the authors personal opinions. Information, facts or opinions shared by the Author do not reflect the views of HJS and HJS is not responsible or liable for the same. The Author is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article. ​