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BBC documentary timed to discredit India: Kerala governor

Stating that the intent behind the release of the documentary was to “make India fall into pieces”, Arif Mohammed Khan said that the British had predicted at the time of India’s independence that it was not capable of preserving its freedom

Statesman News Service |

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Wednesday came out against the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi – ‘India: The Modi Question’ saying the documentary was timed to discredit India at a time when it had assumed the G20 presidency.

Speaking to media persons here, Governor Khan asked as to why has this particular time been chosen to bring out this scurrilous material.

Stating that the intent behind the release of the documentary was to “make India fall into pieces”, he said that the British had predicted at the time of India’s independence that it was not capable of preserving its freedom. “You cannot ignore these things and particularly when it is coming from a source who ruled over us for over 200 years,” he added.

He said that the Britishers thought India would break into pieces after independence and would not be able to maintain its unity due to its diversity. However, India is now emerging as a powerful nation, a person of Indian origin has now become their prime minister.

“Now, they see India emerging in the world scene. Not only that, a person of Indian origin is their Prime Minister,” Khan said.

He alleged that they are using every opportunity, rather create or invent opportunities, to lower the esteem of India.

The documentary was screened in various places in, including colleges and public places in Kerala on Tuesday and Wednesday by the DYFI, SFI and Youth Congress with the BJP youth wing. The Yuva Morcha is up in arms against the screenings.