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BBC Modi Doc triggers Hindu-Muslim tensions

Robert Carter
Press TV, London

Tensions between Muslims and Hindus in Britain have risen following the recent release of a new BBC documentary which explores the rise in Hindu extremist politics in India and concerns that India's PM may be facilitating the increased violence against India's religious minorities.

Over the weekend, British Hindu protesters condemned the BBC with a series of demonstrations outside their UK offices. In one case, a British Muslim of Kashmiri decent confronted a group of Modi supporters in Birmingham. Violent clashes also erupted as far as Australia—this time between Modi supporters and local Sikhs.

The two-part documentary “India: The Modi Question” has not been broadcast in India by the BBC, despite this, India’s federal government banned the film citing emergency powers under India's controversial information technology laws.

An attempt by Indian students to air the program on Friday in New Delhi led to scuffles and arrests.

In 2022, two British Midlands cities witnessed street clashes between local Hindus and Muslims; with locals complaining that tensions in India had spilled over to Britain's streets. This latest program has added to rising divisions here, opening old wounds first set in 2002 during the notorious Gujarat pogroms which left over 1,000 Muslims killed.

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