Not familiar with documentary but…: US on BBC series on PM Modi

24 January 2023 07:10 PM
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  • Not familiar with documentary but…: US on BBC series on PM Modi

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price was responding to a media query about the documentary that has sparked a massive controversy since its release.

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price, on Monday, said that he is not familiar with the BBC’s documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but that he is “very familiar with the shared values that enact the US and India as two thriving and vibrant democracies”.

Price was responding to a media query about the documentary that has sparked a massive controversy since its release.

“I'm not familiar with the documentary you're referring to. I am very familiar with the shared values that enact the United States and India as two thriving, vibrant democracies. When we have concerns about actions that are taken in India, we've voiced those we've had an occasion to do that," he said.

Addressing a press briefing, Price said that numerous elements bolster the US's global strategic partnership with India, including political, economic and exceptionally deep people-to-people ties, reported news agency ANI.

Calling India's democracy a vibrant one, he said, "We look to everything that ties us together. We look to reinforce all of those elements that tie us together."

“I'm not aware of this documentary that you point to, but I will say broadly, is that there are a number of elements that undergird the global strategic partnership that we have with our Indian partners. There are close political ties, there are economic ties, and there are exceptionally deep people-to-people ties between the United States and India. But one of those additional elements are the values that we share, the values that are common to American democracy and to Indian democracy," he added.

The UK's national broadcaster BBC aired a two-part series on PM Modi's tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat when riots broke out in the state in 2002. The documentary has since been removed from viewing in India and taken off several platforms, including YouTube and Twitter.

The Ministry of External Affairs claimed that the series is biased with no objectivity.

“We think this is a propaganda piece. This has no objectivity. This is biased. Do note that this hasn't been screened in India. We don't want to answer more on this so that it doesn't get much dignity," MEA’s spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

(With input from ANI)


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