Not aware of BBC documentary, very aware of shared ‘democratic values’ with India: US State Division

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WASHINGTON: The US isn’t aware of the BBC documentary, however it’s aware of the shared “democratic values” that connects Washington and New Delhi, a US State Department spokesperson has stated.
The controversial two-part BBC sequence, titled “India: The Modi Query” has claimed that it investigated sure elements referring to the 2002 Gujarat riots when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state.
Addressing a press briefing right here on Monday, US State Division Spokesperson Ned Value informed reporters that Washington shares an “exceptionally deep partnership” with New Delhi based mostly on values which are frequent to each the US and Indian democracies.
When a Pakistani journalist probed Value on the BBC documentary, Value stated: “I am not aware of the (BBC) documentary (on 2002 Gujarat riots) you are referring to. I’m very aware of the shared values that join the USA and India as two thriving, vibrant democracies.”
Value stated there are a number of components that bolster Washington’s world strategic partnership with New Delhi, which embody political, financial and thru people-to-people ties.
“What I’ll say broadly is that there are a variety of components that undergird the worldwide strategic partnership that now we have with our Indian companions. There are shut political ties. There are financial ties. There are exceptionally deep people-to-people ties between the US and India,” he added.
The primary of the two-part sequence, which aired on BBC Two final week, was categorised by the UK tax-payer funded broadcaster as “a have a look at the tensions between Indian PM Narendra Modi and India’s Muslim minority, investigating claims about his position in 2002 riots that left over a thousand useless”.
The second a part of this sequence, scheduled to be aired on Tuesday, is pegged as a “have a look at the troubled relationship between Indian PM Narendra Modi’s authorities and India’s Muslim minority following his re-election in 2019”.
The Indian authorities has condemned the BBC Panorama programme, which has not been screened in India, as a “propaganda piece” with a questionable agenda behind it.
“We expect that it is a propaganda piece, designed to push a specific discredited narrative. The bias, lack of objectivity and persevering with colonial mindset is blatantly seen,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated beforehand.
On January 21, New Delhi issued instructions for blocking a number of YouTube movies and Twitter posts sharing hyperlinks to the BBC documentary.
Final week, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak defended Prime Minister Modi over the BBC documentary, asserting that he “did not agree with the characterisation” of his Indian counterpart.

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