BJP irked at screening of BBC documentary on Modi across Kerala

New Delhi, Jan 25 (KMS): The first episode of the BBC documentary India: The Modi Question is keeping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on its toes in South India. Even as the saffron party attempted to prevent it from being shown, various organisations held screenings across Kerala on Tuesday — and reports emerged that the first episode has already been screened in the University of Hyderabad.

This comes after the Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party government in centre cracked down on the video, barring it from being shared on all social-media platforms in India.

The two-part BBC documentary, which investigated certain aspects relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of that state, has been trashed by the Ministry of External Affairs as a “propaganda piece” that lacked objectivity and reflected a “colonial mindset”.

Meanwhile, political and other groups across India have been protesting against the ban by screening or trying to screen the documentary.

The CPI(M)’s youth wing the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) on Tuesday, kicked off a political storm in the state by announcing on its Facebook page that it would screen the documentary.

Soon after the announcement, various political groups in the state followed the move and announced the screening of the documentary at various locations across Kerala.

These included the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), a left-wing student organisation allied with CPI(M), and various wings of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), including the Youth Congress and Kerala Students Union (KSU). A section of students at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) has already screened the BBC documentary on its campus, prompting the varsity authorities to seek a report.

The documentary was screened by a group of students under the banner of Fraternity Movement: HCU Unit, on the campus of the UoH, also known as Hyderabad Central University.

Meanwhile, the decision by various political groups in Kerala irked the BJP and prompted its state leadership to urge Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to intervene and put a stop to such endeavours.

The BJP termed the move “treasonous” and asked Vijayan to urgently intervene and nip such endeavours in the bud.

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