Hindu Forum of Britain slams BBC’s controversial documentary series on PM Modi
After India denounced the insensitive and biased controversial BBC documentary series on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, The Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) wrote a letter to Deborah Turness, CEO of BBC News expressing their disappointment with the BBC’s ‘anti-Hindu bias‘.
The HFB in its letter said, “In this 100th year of broadcasting at the BBC the core ethos of impartial reporting appears to have been sadly lost in the content of ‘INDIA: The Modi Question‘. The Hindu community has in large numbers communicated to us the insensitivity and lack of judgment the BBC has exercised in airing a program that has the potential to cause untold damage at a time when communities, police, and ordinary people in Leicester and other cities are trying to rebuild relationships, trust, and harmony after the events of Summer 2022.”
The letter added, “This preposterous ill-advised production and airing of a Hindu hate piece could well be the ammunition thugs need to go out and target Hindus. Does the BBC not have any responsibility? The program itself was unbalanced and inaccurate. Any loss of life must be condemned. 59 Hindus were brutally burnt alive and several suffered life-changing burns when an organized mob burnt coach S-6 of a train with Hindu pilgrims on board in 2002. This, and only this killing of innocent men, women, and children was the trigger point for what happened subsequently by way of disturbances in Gujarat but very little air time was given to this”.
In the letter, HFB further informed that the Supreme Court of India had cleared Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name from the Gujarat riots. It stated that the forum values the UK-INDIA trade, education, and cultural ties and hopes that it will remain intact and flourish despite attempts to damage this by defaming the elected leader of the world’s largest democracy. Today, HFB has heard voices of disgust about the biased nature of the programme from all sections of the community,” the letter added.
The letter also mentioned 2021/22 BBC’s Annual Report, which states, ‘Renewing our commitment to impartiality’ and said that impartiality is fundamental to the trust that audiences have in the BBC.
The Hindu Forum of Britain is an organization of British Hindus, with more than 300 member organizations from around the country. HFB is the first port of call from the Central government and the most reported Hindu organization in the British media.
Meanwhile, 302 signatories including retired judges, retired bureaucrats, and retired Armed forces veterans issue a statement rebutting the BBC documentary stating that ‘staple, dyed-in-the-wool negativity and unrelenting prejudice’ of the BBC toward India have resurfaced as a documentary.
Retired bureaucrats stood out in support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that the documentary lacks factual reporting. Slamming the news broadcaster, the former diplomats said that by quoting incorrect facts about PM Modi, the UK is trying to whip up anti-India sentiments and destroy relations with India.
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What is there to hide!. Discuss . The more you try to close the subject the more trouble there will be.
Time that BBC to be taught some lessons. Indians do not need UK, as much as UK needs us. So delay everything & anything