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Some people consider BBC above SC in India: Kiren Rijiju on documentary critical of PM Modi

January 22, 2023 04:46 pm | Updated 07:01 pm IST - New Delhi

Some people in India still haven’t gotten over the colonial intoxication. They lower the country’s dignity and image to any extent to please their moral masters, the Minister added

Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju. | Photo Credit: Kumar S.S.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on January 22 took on the "malicious campaigns" inside and outside India in connection to the BBC's documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said that some people "consider the BBC above the Supreme Court of India".

Mr. Rijiju alleged that they "lower" the country's dignity and image to any extent to "please their moral masters". Taking to Twitter, the Union Minister said that minorities in the country are moving ahead positively.

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"Minorities, or for that matter every community in India is moving ahead positively. India's image cannot be disgraced by malicious campaigns launched inside or outside India. PM @narendramodi Ji's voice is the voice of 1.4 billion Indians," he tweeted.

"Some people in India still haven't gotten over the colonial intoxication. They consider BBC above the Supreme Court of India and lower the country's dignity and image to any extent to please their moral masters," the Minister added.

He said that there is no hope from these people whose "only aim is to weaken India".

"Anyway, there is no better hope from these tukde tukde gang members whose only aim is to weaken the might of India," Mr. Rijiju tweeted.

Earlier, former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief Sanjeev Tripathi slammed the BBC for its documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling it "prejudiced, biased and full of factual errors".

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Speaking to ANI, Mr. Tripathi questioned the BBC's intent behind the documentary on PM Modi, which he said seems 'motivated'.

He said the documentary features the 2002 Gujarat riots and the Godhra train burning incident, which preceded it, adding that the Supreme Court recently gave PM Modi a clean chit in the case.

"This documentary of BBC, which claims to examine the so-called tensions between Hindus and Muslims in India, and in that context, talks about again the so-called controversial policies of PM Modi, is not only prejudiced but is also biased and full of factual errors," he said.

In a strong response to the BBC 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.

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