NEW DELHI – BBC documentary, India: The Modi Question is going to be screened at the Australian Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on a visit to the country.
Interestingly, the two-part documentary series, which faced plenty of criticism from government sympathisers as well as support from various journalists, activists and educationalists, will be screened at the same time when the prime minister is scheduled to visit the country on a three-day trip.
Modi will attend a mega community event with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese in Sydney to celebrate the country’s dynamic and diverse Indian diaspora, a core part of our multicultural community,” a statement from the Australian Parliament stated on Tuesday.
The screening will be organised by human rights organisations including Amnesty International, the Australia and New Zealand chapters of Hindus for Human Rights, the Muslim Collective, The Periyar-Ambedkar Thought Circle-Australia, The Humanism Project and The Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation.
After the screening, a discussion on Modi’s timeline as Gujarat’s CM during the riots, to the present will be held. Speakers include Aakashi Bhatt, daughter of jailed Gujarat IPS police officer Sanjiv Bhatt, who is currently serving life imprisonment in a custodial death case. Bhatt had made concerning remarks on Modi’s handling of the riots.
Australian senators David Shoebridge and Jordon Steele-John will address the audience at the screening.
The screening is a private affair. The Australian Parliament has rented out space.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Sydney on Tuesday after US President Joe Biden pulled out from the scheduled Quad Summit that was cancelled and later held on the sidelines of the just concluded G7 summit in Hiroshima.
PM Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with the Australian PM Anthony Albanese to discuss trade, and investment, strengthening people-to-people links, renewable energy, and defence and security cooperation.