India: United Kingdom’s national broadcaster BBC (British Broadcasting Cooperation) has recently released a documentary named ‘India-The Modi Question’ based on the accusations charged against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 2002 Gujarat riots in India, following which the Modi government been labelled it as nothing more than a propaganda piece.
On her part, Managing Editor at First Post media house, Palki Sharma Upadhyay, has covered the topic in a recent update where she did the facts-check about the claims made by BBC about the documentary they have released.
In addition, Palki Sharma started her report by addressing the previous records, reputation and introduction of the BBC along with its directors and managing authorities.
She stated that it was launched in 1922 as a mouthpiece of the imperialism of Britain. This public service broadcasting company runs on the taxpayer’s money and operates and is conducted under the Royal Charter.
In her remarks, she mentioned that the past few years have been tough and full of challenges for BBC. A cash crunch, job cuts, and a rapidly growing list of high-level controversies affected its overall reputation among the people.
Furthermore, the Indian journalist pointed out that the authorities at BBC had gone too far to grab the public’s attention when they lied about getting a famous interview with Princess Diana of Wales in which she talked about her failed marriage to king Charles. After such a shameful act, BBC had to apologize for deceiving Diana with a scoop.
“The BBC Chairman, Richard Sharp, has been investigated as we speak in the charges of conflict of interest as he was accused of playing a role in securing a loan worth nine hundred thousand dollars for former Prime Minister Boris Johnson”, reported Palki.
Per Palki’s report, Richard Sharp said there was no ‘Quid Pro Quo’ when he was accused of his crime. In addition, she added that these were examples of the BBC’s illustrious record. Recently, the BBC released a documentary focused on the 2002 Gujrat riots implicating the Modi government when he was Chief Minister of the State.
Additionally, Palki stated that the BBC’s documentary is an opinion piece which is followed by the facts as the Gujrat riots were investigated by a specially appointed investigation team appointed by the supreme court of India when the congress party was ruling the central government.
“During the riots, Prime Minister Modi was at the centre of prob as he was then Chief Minister of the state and received a clean chit by the Supreme Court appointed investigation team”.
She emphasized that “Narendra Modi was cleared by the special unit tasked by the supreme court of India” this came in 2012, way before he became the country’s Prime Minister.
As per the reports, “A plea was filed last year for the same riots and once again, PM Modi was given a clean chit by the bench of three supreme court judges,” said Palki.
In the statement released by the supreme court, it was stated that “The SIT (Special Investigation Team) has not found any conspiracy, no material or evidence was found directing towards the meeting of minds, the riots across the state had taken place spontaneously.”