Highlights

  • The US government commented on a BBC documentary on PM Modi
  • US State Dept spokesman said he's not familiar with the BBC show
  • Ned Price said he's very familiar with the US and India's shared values

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The Indian government has called the documentary a "propaganda piece" pushing a "discredited narrative".

The American government on 23 January 2023 reacted to the BBC documentary on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi which has sparked a major controversy.

US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told a Pakistani journalist that he is "not familiar" with the BBC documentary, but "very familiar" with "shared values that connect USA and India as two thriving, vibrant democracies".

The BBC series titled 'India: The Modi Question' claims to have investigated certain aspects of the 2002 Gujarat riots when PM Modi was the state CM. The Indian government has called the documentary a "propaganda piece" pushing a "discredited narrative".

The first of the two-part series, which aired on BBC Two last week, was categorised by the UK tax-payer-funded broadcaster as “a look at the tensions between Indian PM Narendra Modi and India’s Muslim minority, investigating claims about his role in 2002 riots that left over a thousand dead”. The second part is pegged as a “look at the troubled relationship between Indian PM Narendra Modi’s government and India’s Muslim minority following his re-election in 2019”.

On January 21, New Delhi issued directions for blocking multiple YouTube videos and Twitter posts sharing links to the BBC documentary.

(With PTI inputs)

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