The BBC documentary “India: The Modi Question” has created an uproar in several parts of the country over the last few days. This documentary is based on the 2002 riots in Gujarat. Though it has been blocked on YouTube and Twitter, those who had downloaded it are trying to share and screen it at different places, which is causing tension. We already have problems aplenty. Disruptive forces are trying to foment trouble in the areas bordering China, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. So when our borders are tense, is it wise to quibble among ourselves? It is not just about Gujarat. Riots bring the entire human race to shame, regardless of where they occur in the country or the world. However, the biggest question at the moment is why the BBC made this documentary almost two decades after the Guantanamo Bay riots. This documentary is said to be based on a report on British foreign policy. What was the need for Britain to poke its nose into India’s internal affairs? Doesn’t this imply some kind of comprehension? Indian courts have already given their verdicts on the Gujarat riots. What was the BBC’s motivation for producing this documentary? Is the making of this documentary just an incident or someone’s well-thought-out conspiracy? There is an old saying that it is easy to make the streaks of others shorter to keep your own longer. Some foreign forces are adopting the same path to create hurdles for India. It is natural that we will be troubled when there is unrest in the country! , , Such developments have created unrest in our country, be it about this documentary or The Kashmir Files or the riots after Indira Gandhi’s assassination, or the other documentaries and films made on such incidents. , , What was the need for making The Kashmir Files after two and a half decades? I believe we should remember historical events only to learn from them, rather than to scratch old wounds and cause them to bleed again! Such squabbles divert the fresh and energetic minds of our new generation and sow the seed of hatred in them. The development of the country will stop if our youth get trapped in such a vicious circle. That’s what our enemies want! , India is making rapid progress at the moment. We have replaced Britain to become the fifth largest economy in the world, and the country is on its way to becoming the third largest economy very soon. Our youth are dominating the IT industry all over the world. We are constantly trying to alleviate poverty. We are creating means of employment and bringing girls into the mainstream. , , All barriers are being broken, and efforts are being made to strengthen the spirit of equality. We all know that a lot of strength is needed to move forward on the path of progress. We get this strength from education, economic power, and intelligence. We are leaving no stone unturned to get this strength, and we are succeeding too. You will be proud to know that today about 40 lakh Indians live in the US, and they are number one in terms of per capita income. The average per capita income of Indians in the US is $1,00,500 per year, while that of a US citizen is only $55,000 to $60,000 per year. It is self-evident that Indians’ ability underpins their success. We have to take this potential forward within the country as well, but some forces want to see the land of India in the grip of tension and soaked in blood. They export terrorism from abroad and also indulge in muck-raking to revive the old spirits, so that India is destroyed. They try to sow thorns in its path of development. It is unfortunate that there are many such people among us, too. Right from the removal of a chapter from the textbook to reliquary and casting, anything can create unrest! We have a plethora of such unrest to impede our progress. It is good if we are building a temple, but do not try to scuttle the efforts of others! Whatever the case may be the Jain pilgrim center Palita-na or the case of Shri Sammed, Shikharji, which is troubling, the Jain community, which has made significant contributions to making this country an economic powerhouse, Why is this peaceful community being hurt? When a film named “Pathan” was released, some crazy people started talking about “boycotting” Shah Rukh Khan! If it is a film, then accept it as entertainment. If you spread hatred in entertainment, it will destroy the country itself, won’t it? And whose country is this anyway? , This country belongs to every Indian living under the protection of the tricolor, irrespective of their religion. Mother India is the mother of all of us, and who doesn’t love his or her mother? A mother showers each of her children with love. She wants every son and daughter of hers to be cultured. Keep in mind that going to religious places alone does not show that you are cultured. In fact, there is no culture greater than humanity.
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