India: the Modi Question

BBC documentary investigating tensions between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the country’s Muslim minority. Narendra Modi is the leader of the world’s largest democracy. Elected twice as India’s prime minister, he’s widely seen as the most powerful politician of his generation and considered a key ally to the US and UK. However, as this fascinating documentary series reveals, Modi has been dogged by allegations about his government’s attitude towards India’s Muslim population. But what is the truth?

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Episode 1 – Modi’s Rise

This rise of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the controversies that dogged his early career. Narendra Modi is considered one of the world’s most powerful leaders. But where did he come from? This insightful documentary tracks Modi’s first steps into politics, including his association with a right-wing Hindu organisation, his rise through the ranks and his appointment as chief minister of the state of Gujarat, where his response to a series of riots in 2002 remains controversial.

Episode 2 – Modi in Power

A look at relations between Modi’s government and India’s Muslims after the 2019 election. Narendra Modi and his government reject any suggestion that their policies reflect prejudice towards Muslims. But they have been repeatedly criticised by human rights organisations such as Amnesty International. This revealing documentary examines Modi’s plans following his re-election in 2019. A series of controversial policies have been accompanied by reports of violent attacks on Muslims.

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