Rishi Sunak rejects Pak-Origin MP through UKTN series on PM Modi and 2002 riots

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The Foreign Office also responded to the UKTN report.

London:

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who defended Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the British Parliament, distanced himself from the UKTN documentary series, saying he “disagreeed with the characterization” of his Indian counterpart.

Mr Sunak made these comments on the controversial documentary brought forward in the UK Parliament by Pakistani MP Imran Hussain.

“The UK Government’s position on this has long been clear and has not changed. Of course we will not tolerate prosecution wherever it occurs, but I am not sure I fully agree with the characterization made by the Honorable Sir. brought forward,” he said while responding to Hussain’s question in the UKTN report.

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British national broadcaster UKTN aired a two-part series attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure as Gujarat Chief Minister during the 2002 Gujarat riots. The documentary sparked outrage and was removed from select platforms.

Prominent British citizens of Indian descent condemned the series. Prominent British citizen Lord Rami Ranger said the “UKTN has caused great pain to over a billion Indians.”

Rami condemned the UKTN’s biased reporting, tweeting: “@BBCNews You have hurt more than a billion Indians deeply. It insults a democratically elected @PMOIndia Indian police force and the Indian judiciary. We condemn the riots and the loss of life your biased reporting.”

The Foreign Office also responded to the UKTN report, saying it is a wholly biased copy.

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Speaking at a weekly briefing in New Delhi, MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi said, “We think this is a propaganda piece. This has no objectivity. This is biased. Please note that this has not been shown in India. We don’t want to be here anymore to answer, so that this does not get much dignity.”

He even asked questions about “the purpose of the exercise and the agenda behind it”.

“The documentary is a reflection of the agency and the individuals who are re-enacting this story. It makes us wonder about the purpose of the exercise and the agenda behind it; frankly, we want to make these efforts worthy,” he added.

Referring to ostensible comments made by former British secretary Jack Straw in the documentary series, Bagchi said: “He (Jack Straw) seems to be referring to an internal British report. How do I access that? It’s a 20 year old report” Why should we jump on it now? Just because Jack says so, how do they lend it so much legitimacy.”

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“I heard words like research and investigations. There is a reason why we use the colonial mentality. We don’t use words loosely. What kind of research were diplomats there… research, do they rule the country? Bagchi asked.

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