WASHINGTON DC: Addressing a query by a journalist regarding a documentary by BBC, the spokesperson for the US State Department mentioned that he was not familiar with the documentary in question. He added that the is "very familiar with the shared values that enact the US and India as two thriving and vibrant democracies".
"I'm not familiar with the documentary you're referring to. I am very familiar with the shared values that enact the United States and India as two thriving, vibrant democracies. When we have concerns about actions that are taken in India, we've voiced those we've had an occasion to do that," Ned Price said and added, "We look to everything that ties us together. We look to reinforce all of those elements that tie us together."
Ned Price, the spokesperson for the State Department of the United States was talking to the members of the press on Monda when a journalist asked him about his reaction regarding the BBC documentary. The video in question sparked controversies in India and was banned from being aired in any part of the country.
"I'm not aware of this documentary that you point to, but I will say broadly, is that there are a number of elements that undergird the global strategic partnership that we have with our Indian partners. There are close political ties, there are economic ties, and there are exceptionally deep people-to-people ties between the United States and India. But one of those additional elements are the values that we share, the values that are common to American democracy and to Indian democracy," added the spokesperson.
Following the airing of the documentary by BBC, the national broadcaster of the UK, the Ministry of External Affairs, the Government of India issued a statement calling the two-part documentary a biased propaganda piece which no objectivity. It was made inaccessible to Indian users almost immediately by utilising the emergency powers of the Information Technology Rules of 2021.