An episode of BBC Asian Network’s ‘Big Debate’ radio show has been drawing flak on social media after a speaker on the show spoke impolite words against the mother of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
During the debate which was about racism against Sikhs and Indians in the UK, the discussion veered toward the ongoing protests in Delhi following three agri reforms passed by the government. In course of the show, one of the callers spoke offensive words against PM Modi’s mother, Heeraben Modi.
— Sunny Johal (@DatchetTrainMan) March 1, 2021
A video of the incident was shared on the social media site Twitter and many have since commented about the post. Many slammed the radio show host as well as the organisation for not objecting to the comment and allowing it to air.
Absolutely abhorrent language 😠— ajay jobanputra (@jobanputra_ajay) March 2, 2021
Would the BBC like to apologise for not vetting people before they are allowed on their programmes? Such language is not becoming for what used to be a respectable institution.— Kiran BILAKHIA (@BilakhiaKiran) March 2, 2021
Meanwhile, Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at Delhi border points for nearly three months to press for the repeal of the three agricultural laws enacted in September last year and a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP). Protests have been taking place in Punjab as well.
Last week, protesters sat on tracks at many places on the Delhi-Ludhiana-Amritsar railway route in Punjab as part of the ‘rail roko’ protest. Security was tightened in the state, with personnel of the government railway police and the state police forces being deployed.