Outrage as Indian government blocks BBC documentary on PM Modi from airing

CNA Jan 26, 2023

As India celebrates its 74th Republic Day, controversy in the country continues over the latest Shah Rukh Khan Bollywood film and a BBC documentary. These have triggered a public outcry and reignited debates about press freedom and freedom of expression in the country. The Bollywood superstar’s new blockbuster Pathaan is attracting a lot of controversy, with attacks and protests by right-wing Hindu groups. The main objection of Hindu groups is that the lead actress, Deepika Padukone, wears a saffron-coloured bikini during a sequence of a song. The colour is considered to be a symbol of spirituality in Hinduism. The documentary, meanwhile, looks at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role as chief minister of Gujarat during deadly riots in the state in 2002.

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