The UK authorities has defended the BBC as a media outlet “unbiased in its output” within the wake of widespread Indian expats protests in opposition to the controversial documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Addressing reporters at Downing Road on Wednesday, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s spokesperson echoed an announcement issued by International Secretary James Cleverly in Parliament earlier this week so as to add that the federal government continues to spend money on its relationship with India.
“The BBC is unbiased in its output and we’d stress that we proceed to treat India as an extremely vital worldwide companion,” the spokesperson stated in response to a query about India’s condemnation of the documentary ‘India: The Modi Query’ questioning the then chief minister’s function within the 2002 Godhra riots.
“We will likely be investing closely in our relationship with India over the approaching many years and we’re assured it should solely go from power to power,” the spokesperson stated.
It adopted the same response by Cleverly within the Home of Commons on Tuesday, when he responded to a query from a Conservative Social gathering colleague on the assurances the UK authorities had given to India within the wake of coordinated expats protests in opposition to the BBC over the weekend.
“I not too long ago had the chance to talk to the Indian Excessive Commissioner, Vikram Doraiswami, on this and various different points,” the international minister informed MPs.
“We recognise how this portrayal of the Indian authorities has performed out in India. I made it clear that the BBC is unbiased in its output, that the UK regards India as an extremely vital worldwide companion and that we’ll be investing closely in that relationship within the coming many years,” he stated.
The minister was responding to a query by Tory MP Bob Blackman, chair of the All Social gathering Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Hindus, who termed the documentary as “anti-India propaganda” and requested in regards to the steps taken to “reassure our Commonwealth companion that this propaganda just isn’t the coverage of this authorities”.
Cleverly met Doraiswami in the course of the India World Discussion board’s UK-India Parliamentary Lunch final week and addressed the gathering of parliamentarians and enterprise leaders on strengthening bilateral ties throughout all spheres.
“On commerce, we’re properly into the negotiations of what has all of the hallmarks of being a real international commonplace bilateral commerce relationship, as a result of we’ve this glorious bilateral relationship which I like to think about as distinctive,” he stated on the time.
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