Congress’s Anil Antony Questions BBC Documentary
Whilst his get together has proven assist to the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief AK Antony’s son, Anil, via a tweet, took a stand on the contrary, calling it a “harmful priority, which can undermine our sovereignty”.
Chatting with News18, Anil mentioned that whereas he had variations with the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) and his views on the 2002 Gujarat riots weren’t totally different from his get together, “prime leaders, particularly these with expertise in authorities, will say the identical factor” as him on the documentary. “I did really feel that numerous conversations which might be taking place in the mean time mustn’t make us repeat historical past from the colonial interval.”
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Anil Ok Antony, who handles the digital communications for Congress and its Kerala state unit, tweeted, “Regardless of massive variations with BJP, I feel these in India putting views of BBC, a UK-state sponsored channel with an extended historical past of prejudices, and of Jack Straw, the mind behind the Iraq battle, over Indian establishments, is setting a harmful priority, will undermine our sovereignty.”
The 2-part sequence by BBC, ‘India: The Modi Query’, paperwork sure features associated to the 2002 Gujarat riots when Modi was the chief minister of the state. The Centre has been blocking hyperlinks associated to it. News18 spoke to him at size about his get together and the Bharatiya Janata Get together.
Regardless of massive variations with BJP, I feel these in 🇮🇳 putting views of BBC, a 🇬🇧 state sponsored channel with an extended historical past of 🇮🇳 prejudices,and of Jack Straw, the mind behind the Iraq battle, over 🇮🇳 establishments is setting a harmful priority,will undermine our sovereignty.— Anil Ok Antony (@anilkantony) January 24, 2023
‘BBC HAS DUBIOUS OBJECTIVES, CAN’T SUPPORT THOSE DIVIDING US’
When requested if the documentary ought to have been made within the first place, contemplating the closure from the Supreme Court docket, Anil mentioned, “We’re a democratic and free nation and we take satisfaction within the truth. We’re the world’s largest democracy and free speech is sanctimonious for democracy to operate. We are able to have our variations, however until there are cases the place it breeds hatred, we ought to be allowed to air our opinions.”
“So far as the Gujarat riots are involved, they occurred after I was a child. It was 20 years in the past. It was one of many darkish chapters of our historical past however on the identical time I’m not keen to bask in it. We do have a Supreme Court docket, establishments…There are a lot of courtroom verdicts that even I’m not pleased about, however that shouldn’t imply we dilute the sanctity of our establishments and I felt over the previous few days that’s what’s taking place within the nation. I’m positive that is what the overwhelming majority of the Congress feels, together with the management. They [BBC] are an entity with doubtful targets. We may have variations, however these shouldn’t be used as instruments by individuals with doubtful intent from outdoors the nation to as soon as once more subjugate us. Simply because we don’t like an individual doesn’t imply we should always let individuals from outdoors use our variations to compromise our core nationwide pursuits.”
ON STANCE OF RAHUL GANDHI, CONGRESS
Anil’s views don’t match these of the Congress and chief Rahul Gandhi, who mentioned “reality has a nasty manner of popping out”. For the Congress, the 2002 riots are a tactical weapon it continues to make use of towards the BJP. Is it improper?
Anil replied: “Rahul Gandhi is our chief and I’m positive he has the correct causes for saying what he has. I’m not questioning his views. On the identical time, the Gujarat riots occurred a few years in the past…Additionally, the difficulty is being raised by these with a doubtful previous, for instance, Jack Straw…When such individuals are concerned with a undertaking, we as a rustic should be involved as to why the BBC is popping out with a documentary now. We should always have a look at it with warning…”
Elaborating on it, he mentioned: “To start with, India is a rustic that has two hostile neighbours. Britain can be one nation which has had a chequered historical past with us. We had 200-plus years of colonial rule. We now have overtaken Britain because the fifth largest financial system and we have now a sure trajectory. At this second, I discover it disappointing to see our previous colonial rulers nonetheless attempting to dabble on this nation’s inner issues, which I feel no accountable political outfit ought to be encouraging in any method.”
WORRIED ABOUT CONSEQUENCES?
Requested if he was apprehensive about how the get together would take his assertion, Anil mentioned, “I used to be talking my thoughts, what my conscience mentioned. I work for a political get together and all events exist for one purpose – the nation’s curiosity. Any politician ought to stand for the sovereignty and integrity of our nation above anything. We are able to’t compromise it. The East India Firm exploited these variations a few years in the past… 75 years since, particularly within the 12 months we surpassed Britain because the fifth largest financial system on the earth, we should always not overlook the teachings of the previous. We should always not enable anybody to take advantage of our weaknesses. My tweet was primarily based on my agency beliefs.”
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