July 18, 2024

Congress in Kerala shows BBC documentary on PM Modi, BBC film on modi

The BBC’s two-part docu-series delves into, inter alia, the 2002 Gujarat riots; Central government banned it in India calling it false propaganda

Thiruvananthapuram: The Congress unit in Kerala today screened the controversial BBC documentary on PM Narendra Modi in Thiruvananthapuram even though the central government has banned it in India calling it false and motivated “propaganda”.

The public screening of the series – the two-part documentary talks about the 2002 Gujarat riots and PM Modi’s politics – was one of many such events organized by several opposition parties and free-speech activists across the country. The Congress is also in opposition in Kerala, but the ruling CPM has also taken a stand against banning the documentary.

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In Kerala, the documentary is also at the center of a controversy within the Congress as veteran leader AK Antony’s son Anil K Antony recently quit the party alleging “intolerable calls to retract a tweet” in which he criticized the Congress The stance was rejected and the BBC documentary was called out. A “dangerous precedent”.

Responding to Anil Antony’s argument that it undermines India’s sovereignty, senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha member from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor said his argument was “immature”.
Is our national security and sovereignty too fragile to be affected by a documentary?” Mr. Tharoor said.

Today’s screening at Shangumugham beach in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram came soon after similar protests by the Congress student union NSUI in Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chandigarh.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi while talking to reporters in Jammu raised the question of censorship. He said, “Truth shines. It has a bad habit of appearing. Therefore, no amount of ban, repression and intimidation of people will stop the truth from coming out.

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