A student group at Hyderabad Central University (HCU) organised a BBC documentary screening on Prime Minister Narendra Modi inside the campus on January 24.
Student Islamic Organisation (SIO) & Muslim Student Federation, known as the Fraternity group, has organised a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi inside the Hyderabad Central University. More than 50 students from these groups attended the screening.
ABVP student leader Mahesh said, “we have escalated the matter to University Authorities and demanded action on the organisers. The group has organised screening without permission inside the campus premises.”
Police said, “we have received the information that some students organised screening inside the campus but haven’t received any written complaint. If we receive a complaint investigation will be taken up.”
Earlier last week, India denounced the controversial BBC documentary series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, described as a ‘propaganda piece’ designed to push a discredited narrative.
“We think this is a propaganda piece designed to push a particular discredited narrative. The bias, lack of objectivity, and frankly continuing colonial mindset are blatantly visible,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said during a weekly media briefing.
The MEA spokesperson added that the documentary is a reflection of individuals that are peddling this narrative again.
Slamming BBC for its documentary, more than 300 eminent Indians, including retired judges, bureaucrats, and armed forces veterans, signed a statement slamming the British national broadcaster for showing “unrelenting prejudice” towards India and its leader.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, reacting to a Pakistan-origin MP’s question in the British parliament on the series, said he “doesn’t agree with the characterisation” of PM Modi.
Lord Rami Ranger, a member of the House of Lords of the UK Parliament, condemned BBC’s documentary and said it would hurt over a billion Indians as it insults democratically elected PM Modi and also the Indian judiciary.
“@BBCNews, You have caused a great deal of hurt to over a billion Indians. It insults a democratically elected @PMOIndia, Indian Police & the Indian judiciary. We condemn the riots and loss of life & also condemn your biased reporting,” Rami Ranger tweeted.
It is to be noted that multiple YouTube videos sharing the first episode of the BBC documentary “India: The Modi Question” has been blocked as per the directions issued by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of India.
Along with YouTube videos, the Indian Government has also directed Twitter to block over 50 tweets containing links to the concerned YouTube videos.
Meanwhile, BJP President K Surendran has filed a complaint with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, asking him not to allow the screening of the controversial BBC documentary.
The State BJP chief’s complaint comes after DYFI, the youth wing of the ruling CPIM in Kerala, on January 23 announced that the controversial BBC documentary “India: The Modi Question” would be shown in the State.