London is frustrated that India’s relationship with Russia continues to develop.
Written by Ahmed Adel, Cairo-based geopolitics and political economy researcher
A BBC documentary about the 2002 Gujarat riots is a desperate attempt by the British establishment to instigate communal violence between Hindus and Muslims in India because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s refusal to impose sanctions on Russia.
Communal violence broke out in India when 58 Hindu pilgrims were burnt to death when their train carriage went up in flames at Godhra railway station in Panchmahal district on February 27, 2002. “India: The Modi on the Gujarat riots of 2002” is about the social unrest in Modi’s home state when he served as chief minister and local Muslims were blamed for the crime.
As per official figures, about 1,100 people died and another 2,500 were injured in violence that lasted three days. Western-funded human rights activists and opposition leaders accused the now prime minister of tacitly supporting Hindu mobs, something rubbished by Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In addition, Modi was found by the courts, including India’s Supreme Court and special investigation teams following years-long probes to not have been culpable in any crimes.
The documentary was banned in India on January 22. However, its content, including short video excerpts, has been circulating on social media and causing an outroar in the South Asian country.
“The bias and lack of objectivity and frankly continuing colonial mindset are blatantly visible,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said. “A propaganda piece designed to push a particular discredited narrative.”
He added that the BBC documentary is a “propaganda piece designed to push a particular discredited narrative. The bias, the lack of objectivity, and frankly a continuing colonial mindset, is blatantly visible.”
On January 23 a joint statement by more than 300 former judges, bureaucrats, and prominent figures from India issued a joint statement against the BBC for pushing British imperialism and “setting itself up as both judge and jury to resurrect Hindu-Muslim tensions.”
“When India’s Hindu and Muslim have accepted the wound of the 2002 riot, what’s the business of the BBC to rake up communal issue out of nowhere?” the statement added.
With India’s independent judicial system having found Modi to be innocent, it must be questioned why the BBC now produced a documentary with the intentions of smearing him nearly two decades later. It is not lost that India overtook the UK as the world’s fifth-largest economy in 2022, is presiding over the G20 in 2023, and important state elections will be held in nine states with the general election scheduled for 2024.
The documentary is an indirect way for the British establishment to pressure its former colony on certain issues, including Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. It has immensely frustrated London that India has taken a neutral stand on Russia’s military operations and refuses to impose sanctions on Moscow whilst also deepening economic and security ties.
India’s defence strategy and foreign policy is now geared towards serving the country’s best interests. It was assumed that because India joined QUAD with the US, Australia and Japan in the attempt to contain China, it lost its independence and joined Washington’s orbit. However, the war in Ukraine quickly dispelled this belief.
India has become the largest seaborne importer of Russian oil since the EU imposed embargoes and the G7 placed a price cap on exports.
According to Poten & Partners, a global brokerage and energy consulting firm, exports to India increased from virtually nothing prior to the Russian military operation to 1.2 million barrels per day in November last year.
Citing data from industry sources, Reuters reported that Russia became the third-largest oil supplier to India in 2022, making up about 15% of total purchases, dragging down OPEC’s share to the lowest in more than a decade.
“India’s oil imports from Russia would continue to rise this year as well, mainly because of discounts and if there are no further stringent actions by the Western countries targeting Russian oil,” said an official at an Indian refiner who declined to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
India not only seeks the best oil deal it can find, but is also trying to reduce its dependency on the Gulf region considering geopolitical sensitivities and Pakistan’s traditionally close relations with the regions Islamic countries. Russia fulfils this as it supplies India with cheap oil and is obviously an alternative source for energy.
Although Russia’s coffers undoubtedly received a huge blow when crude could no longer be directly exported to EU countries and the UK, India has quickly filled the void and has been rewarded by receiving discounts. This fact immensely angers the British establishment and it is for this reason that they are now resorting to cheap media propaganda to instigate communal violence in India and attack Modi.
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Egyptian-Indian ties are also flourishing. S Balu is mad now.
India has done rather well for itself over the last two decades by investing in education and industry. In sharp contrast Al-Baqistan and Al-Afghanistan have been playing Al-Rambo style wahabbi hide n seek with talibunnies and Osama’s in burqa’s. You can see the result of this unholy game. Just today a talibunny blew himself up at a police compound in Baqistan killing more than 60 people and injuring a 100 more. Al-Baqistan just like Al-Afghanistan has collapsed as a state. Just a matter of time before the inevitable balkanization to unfold.
Imran Khan is good though.
What good did he do when he had nearly 4 years in office?
He helped the common people.
Chris Gr Absolutely but you are in DENIAL OF YOUR TURKISH HERITAGE AND ASHAMED OF IT
Am I Mongol or Anatolian/Asian Minor? I am from Ionia.
Chris Gr Prove it with credible and verifiable documentation please otherwise Your DNA clearly shows you are Turkish
Southfront doesn’t let pictures. I will show you my email.
Chris Gr Go on tiktok to prove it otherwise all excuses and hot air
I don’t have tik tok. Give me your email.
The Butcher of Gujarat is complacent in the mass murder of Muslims in India. There is no other way you can whitewash and spin this.
This is matter for the people of india, not us plebs on a russian forum.
After WW2 the British elites partitioned and dissolved its Indian empire in 1947 into smaller parts, with boundaries that were certain to cause ethnic minority disputes.
The history is there for all to see and ‘context’ has again been used by the Brit propaganda to Divide and rule from the sidelines.
The Brits effected the partition to stop ethic conflict, not to fuel it.
Modi is the best thing to happen to India in a long time. India’s rational exercise of it economic sovereignty by purchasing discounted Russian oil is appropriate and obviously in India’s best interest. Nothing more. India will likewise wisely align with US, UK, Australia and Japan to serve its long term strategic interest.
Isn’t Victoria Nuland on her way over to India, to sweet talk Modi not to use Russian weapons and join her club? Good old BBC, can always be relied on to support the ambitions of Nuland and her colour revolutions. Fortunately, many have woken up and can read the script before it gets going. In the meantime, any news on the Officials that were linked to the Labs in Ukraine and the information that Russia is talking about? Why is Boris so spooked?
MODI IS CHIEFLY RESPONSIBLE FOR GUJRAT MASSACRE REST IS BS
It seems you lost. Now you fought the mighty Indians, not like the bullying of poor Armenians and Assyrians.
Only the PGCC sheikh-dumbs under western management and Iran are viable in the entire muzlim world. The rest of the muzlim countries are teetering on the brink of collapse. They won’t survive.
Yes, but you are still batshit crazy.
Chris Gr Onus is on you to find a way to prove what you are with credible and verifiable certifications please
A crack Indian undercover team that documented the fact that the government of Gujarat, which Modi headed, was not merely complicit in, but orchestrated the anti Muslim pogrom, was ambushed and massacred by the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack. Strange coincidence.
The BBC is not actually allergic to the truth – they are more than happy to use it when it suits their agenda. And buying Russian oil and gas doesn’t make Modi a saint. But why worry about evidence or facts? Let’s mindlessly denounce everything team red says as propaganda and everything team blue says as god’s own truth – or vice versa.
I wonder if SF will let this comment stand, or if like nearly all the internet, they will scrub what they don’t like – as they’ve done with other comments where I’ve called out BS.