‘Blatant Untruths’: India's First Response To ABC Documentary That ‘Glorifies Terrorism’

The MEA on Friday reacted to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC's) controversial documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian Government. MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal called it "Blatant untruths and unprofessional reporting".
Randhir Jaisawal

MEA Spokesperson Randhir Jaisawal (Photo: Screengrab/X/ANI)

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday reacted to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's (ABC's) controversial documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian Government. Notably, it was India's first response to the documentary.
"Blatant untruths and unprofessional reporting," MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said, adding that it was an agenda to malign India's image.
"The documentary contains blatant untruths, is biased and reflects unprofessional reporting. It appears to serve a particular agenda to malign India. We obviously oppose any such attempts to condone, justify and even glorify terrorism," Jaiswal stated.
Earlier this week, the ABC released the controversial documentary with journalist Avani Dias as its anchor. It alleged that attempts were being made to interfere in Australia's "national security". Notably, no evidence was provided to support the claims.
The documentary claims to expose the ‘influence of the Indian state in Australia’, alleging interference in the country’s national security. The documentary, however, has been criticized for lacking concrete evidence to support its claims.
The documentary, without much evidence to back its claims, covered the issues touching upon the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, also featuring Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Pannun as a commentator.
"Today, we're releasing our investigation into the Narendra Modi Government and his allies' infiltration in Australia, including never-before-revealed details about an Indian “nest of spies” that were asked to leave the country," Dias posted on X.
It is noteworthy that India has registered strong protests about frequent demonstrations and vandalism by Sikh separatists and their supporters at Indian diplomatic missions in Canada, Britain, the US and Australia, and has sought better action from local governments.
Indian diplomats based in Canada have on numerous occasions said that Ottawa's failure to tackle "Sikh extremism", and the constant harassment of Indian diplomats and officials by Khalistanis, is a major foreign policy stress point.
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