TMC MP Mahua Moitra lashed out at the Centre for the alleged “censorship” after the government blocked a BBC documentary on PM Modi.
Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra. (PTI photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moita has hit out at the Centre for blocking YouTube videos and Twitter posts sharing links to the controversial BBC documentary “India: The Modi Question”. Mahua Moitra shared an archived link of the documentary, adding that she “has not been elected to represent the world’s democracy to accept censorship”.
A day before, on Saturday, Mahua Moitra had slammed the Centre’s decision to block the BBC documentary. She tweeted, “Government on war footing to ensure no one in India can watch a mere BBC show. Shame that the emperor and courtiers of the world’s largest democracy are so insecure.”
On Sunday, the Trinamool Congress MP shared an archived link of the BBC documentary, and said, “Sorry, Haven’t been elected to represent world’s largest democracy to accept censorship. Here’s the link. Watch it while you can. (Takes a while to buffer though).”
WHAT IS THE BBC DOCUMENTARY ABOUT?
The two-part BBC documentary “India: The Modi Question” claims it investigated certain aspects relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state. The documentary, whose first episode was aired on Tuesday, has received a sharp reaction from the Centre.
The Ministry of External Affairs called the documentary a “propaganda piece” that lacked objectivity and reflected a “colonial mindset”.
“It makes us wonder about purpose of this exercise and agenda behind it,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.
Just days after the first episode of the BBC documentary was aired, the Centre issued directions for blocking multiple YouTube videos and Twitter posts sharing links to the show. The directions were reportedly issued by Apurva Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Friday using the emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021.
HOW OPPOSITION REACTED
The Congress and the Trinamool Congress have lashed out at the Centre for “imposing censorship”.
Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, “PM and his drumbeaters assert that the new BBC documentary on him is slanderous. Censorship has been imposed. Then why did PM Vajpayee want his exit in 2002, only to be pressurised not to insist on the threat of resignation by Advani? Why did Vajpayee remind him of his rajdharma?”
Jairam Ramesh also shared a video of Vajpayee where the former prime minister is heard saying: “My only message is he follows the raajdharma. The word raajdharm is quite meaningful. I am following raajdharm, at least trying to follow it. A king and a ruler cannot discriminate.”
Meanwhile, TMC MP Derek O’Brien alleged that a tweet by him on the BBC documentary has been deleted by Twitter. Posting a mail from Twitter which said his tweet was deleted on the request of the Indian government claiming it violated laws in India, Derek O’Brien termed it as “censorship “.
“CENSORSHIP. Twitter India HAS TAKEN DOWN MY TWEET of the #BBCDocumentary, it received lakhs of views. The 1-hour BBC documentary exposes how PM Narendra Modi HATES MINORITIES,” the TMC leader alleged.
Jan 22, 2023