The call for banning BBC in India started trending after a notorious caller allegedly hurled extremely obscene expletives at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 99-year-old mother Hiraben during a radio programme of BBC Asian Network on Monday.
The BBC Asian Network anchor Priya Rai was hosting a programme on whether the Sikh community in the United Kingdom felt proud when the Sikh turban was referred to as a crown in an episode of “Eastenders”, a British soap opera.
A caller, who introduced himself as Simon, joined the programme and allegedly hurled invectives in the Punjabi language at PM Modi’s septuagenarians mother. The matter was raised by British Indians Voice.
The BBC later edited out the derogatory comments and Priya Rai issued an apology, tweeting “Before we carry on though, we would like to apologise for some of the offensive language used by the guest on the show earlier. It’s a live show and we discuss controversial issues often. There was no reason for the type of language that was used and I would like to say sorry again for any offence that was caused.”