Retired judges, retired bureaucrats and retired armed services veterans co-signed and released a statement on Saturday rebutting the BBC documentary critical of the Prime Minister as “delusions of British Imperial resurrection”.

The letter, signed by over 300 senior government officers, judges, and veterans, stated: “Not only is the BBC series based on delusional reporting, but it presumes to question the very basis of India’s 75-year-old edifice of existence as an independent, democratic nation that functions according to the will of the people of India.”

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As stated by the signatories, “yet again, the BBC’s staple, dyed-in-the-wool negativity and unrelenting prejudice towards India have resurfaced as a documentary, India: The Modi Question.”

They added that the BBC claims their series has been “rigorously researched according to the highest journalistic standards, examines the tensions between India’s Hindu majority Muslim minority.”

“So, now we have the archetype of British past imperialism in India setting 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.”

Slamming the BBC, Sanjeev Tripathi, Former Raw chief said, “BBC which claims to examine the so-called tensions between Hindus and Muslims in India and in that context talks about again the so-called controversial policies of PM Modi is not only prejudiced, it is biased and full of factual errors.”

“We all know that all the policies of GoI have been aimed at all Indians, irrespective of their religion, ethnicity and all that. PM Modi has actively engaged with every Indian citizen whether it is housing scheme or health scheme or education,” Tripathi added.

Despite the fact that the documentary was not made available in India by BBC, it appears that some YouTube channels have published it to promote an anti-India agenda.

According to sources, YouTube has also been instructed to block the video if it is uploaded again on its platform. They also stated that Twitter has been asked to detect and block tweets containing connections to the video on other platforms, ANI reported. 

This decision was made after top government experts from several ministries examined the documentary and deemed it to be an attempt to undermine the Supreme Court of India’s authority and credibility while also sowing divides among various Indian communities.

According to the sources, the documentary was found to be undermining India’s sovereignty and integrity, as well as having the potential to harm India’s friendly relations with foreign states, ANI reported. 

(With Inputs From Agencies)

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