Ban on BBC documentary, Congress has also banned the release of these films and books

Actually the central government has blocked the BBC documentary on YouTube and Twitter. Although it is still available on many social sites. 

But do you know that this is not the first time that a government has banned a film, documentary or book for political reasons. Earlier, action has been taken on controversial films and documentaries in many governments including Indira Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Rajiv Gandhi. Many Bollywood films were stopped from release during the Emergency imposed during Indira’s government.

Know about those movies and books…

Kissa Kursi Ka: Kissa Kursi Ka was made in 1974 and released in 1977. This film was banned soon after its release. Shabana Azmi and Raj Babbar played the lead roles in this film. After its release, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting sent a show cause notice to the producer of the film with 51 objections. In this notice, things like targeting Indira Gandhi, her son Sanjay Gandhi as well as the Emergency imposed by the government were written.

Even Sanjay Gandhi and VC Shukla were accused of burning the print of this film. The case went on for 11 months. 

Tamil drama Kutrapathirikai: This film was made in the year 1993 but was prevented from releasing till the year 2007. The reason for banning it was the story of the film. Which was made on the background of Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lanka Civil War. 

Aandhi: This film was released in the year 1975. This was the period when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency. The main character Suchitra Sen seen in the story of this film was similar to Indira Gandhi in many small things like saree, hairstyle, style of walking, manner of speaking. 

The reason for banning this film was given to the story of the film. In fact, the heroine who looks like Indira Gandhi has been shown smoking and drinking in the film, adding fuel to the fire. After which it was banned. However, this ban was lifted in 1977 after the defeat of Indira Gandhi’s government and the Janata Party coming to power. 

Black Friday: This film was released in the year 2004. This film based on the 1993 Bombay blasts was also banned before its release. However, after the matter reached the court,  it was released. 

Inshallah Kashmir: Apart from these films, the documentary ‘Inshallah‍Lah Kashmir‍mir’, made on the Kashmir crisis during the tenure of the Manmohan Singh government, has also been banned.

These books were also banned in the Congress government 

  • 17 books were banned during the tenure of 7 prime ministers between 1964 and 1997. 
  • Most of these 7 books were banned during Indira Gandhi’s tenure. . 
  • ‘Satanic Verses’ was banned in 1988. This is a famous book by Salman Rushdie and Rajiv Gandhi was PM at the time of its ban. 
  • Former Prime Minister Morarji Desai had put a stay on the sale of this book on ‘The Price of Power’, during which he spoke to the American A case was filed against the publisher in the court. It was said in this book that former Prime Minister Morarji Desai was an agent of the US intelligence agency CIA.
  • ‘Smash and Grab: Annexation of Sikkim’, also against this book, was banned after a petition was filed in the Delhi High Court. was imposed. 

Here’s what’s in the BBC documentary 

BBC has created a new series in two parts titled  The Modi Question. The first part of this documentary was released on Tuesday and the second on 24 January 2023. PM in the series Narendra Modi was told. The documentary also discusses his association with the RSS, his rise in the BJP and his appointment as the CM of Gujarat. 

In the documentary, the mention of the riots in Gujarat when he was the Chief Minister is in the most controversies. This series was not released in India, but it was released in many countries of the world including London. 

What did the Indian Ministry of External Affairs say on the series?

Amid controversies regarding this documentary, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi has called it propaganda. He said, ‘We think this is part of a propaganda.’

He said, ‘We think this is a promotional material, which has been created to further a particular story. Prejudice, lack of objectivity and colonial mindset are clearly visible in this. He said, ‘This film or documentary is a reflection of the agency and the individuals who are spreading this story again.’

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