302 eminent Indians call BBC out for prejudiced, nefarious documentary

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By: Urvashi Khona
Updated: 21 January, 2023 7:42 pm IST
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Over 300 eminent citizens, including 33 retired judges, 133 ex-bureaucrats, and 156 ex-army officers, released a letter on Saturday condemning the British Broadcasting Corporation documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s Muslims. The letter says that the documentary is riddled with factual errors which reek of motivated distortions “reeks of motivated distortion that is as mind-numbingly unsubstantiated as it is nefarious”, stated the letter.

“As for glaring factual errors, which cannot but seem motivated, take The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which the BBC refers to as being ‘unfair to Muslims.’ It is in fact, a law to help minorities (Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, and Jains) facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh gain accelerated Indian citizenship,” the letter read.

The letter has been signed by former Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice Anil Deo Singh, and former defense secretary Yogendra Narain among others.

 

 

The letter points out that the documentary wrongly labels certain policies of the government as anti-Muslim. “The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which the BBC refers to as being ‘unfair to Muslims.’ It is in fact, a law to help minorities (Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Jains) facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh gain accelerated Indian citizenship. It has NOTHING to do with Indian Muslims; there is no word about Muslims in the text of the Act. Has the BBC read the text of the CAA at all before making this blatantly false accusation?,” the letter questioned.

About the nullification of Article 370 the letter said, “Article 370 was a temporary provision of the Constitution of India, never meant to be permanent. Thus, its removal was in no manner a violation of constitutional norms. Today there is greater accountability and transparency as the UT governments of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh implement policies that benefit all the people of the region irrespective of their religion.”

In an extensive, 452-page judgment, the Supreme Court upheld the closure report filed by the apex court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) after years of painstaking investigation of the Gujarat riots. It had further unequivocally dismissed allegations made against PM Modi and others on the basis of the “ultra-sensational revelations” made by police officers R.B. Sreekumar, Sanjiv Bhatt, and by Haren Pandya, in order to, in the words of the Court, “sensationalise and politicize the matters in issue, although replete with falsehood.

The said that documentary hits at the faultlines of India which were the creation of British rule in India. “So now we have the archetype of British past imperialism in India sett itself up as both judge and jury, to resurrect Hindu-Muslim tensions that were overwhelmingly the creation of the British Raj policy of divide and rule.”

 

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