DYFI, Youth Congress to screen BBC documentary on Modi; BJP oppose move  

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and the Youth Congress on Tuesday announced that the controversial BBC documentary "India: The Modi Question" would be screened in Kerala.

The announcement came in the wake of the Centre's directions to block multiple YouTube videos and Twitter posts sharing links to the documentary, which is based on the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Taking to Facebook, the DYFI said that the documentary will be screened at 200 venues across the state on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Youth Congress state president Shafi Parambil said that the Youth Congress will also screen the documentary in Kerala.

“Historical facts have always remained on the hostile side for Modi and Sangh Parivar. The reminders of betrayal, apology and genocide cannot be hidden using power,” said Shafi Parambil.

At the same time, the BJP has demanded to block the move to screen the documentary in Kerala.

“The documentary’s screening should not be allowed at all. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should intervene in the matter immediately,” said Union Minister V Muraleedharan.

The two-part BBC documentary, which claims it investigated certain aspects relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of that state, has been trashed by the Ministry of External Affairs as a "propaganda piece" that lacked objectivity and reflected a "colonial mindset".

The directions on blocking access were understood to have been issued by Apurva Chandra, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Friday using the emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021.

The central government's move has received sharp criticism from opposition parties like the Congress and the TMC for imposing "censorship".

With PTI inputs

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