An audio clip has gone viral on social media from BBC Asia Network’s show ‘Big Debate’ and has sparked outrage as a caller used derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother.
The clip is from an episode ‘Do you feel proud seeing the turban being referred to as a crown in Eastenders?’ hosted by anchor Priya Rai on BBC Sounds, which was aired on Monday.
In the three-hour-long show, the anchor took several calls and one of them was from one man Simon, who in Punjabi abused Modi's mother. The remarks allegedly came when the discussion digressed towards the farm laws stir going in India for the past three months at the borders of the national capital of Delhi. The programme, however, has been edited and the part has been removed so what led to the remark could not be verified.
In the edited programme Priya issued an apology for the abuses hurled by the caller on the show. “We would like to apologise for the language used by a guest earlier. It’s a live show and we discuss controversial issues but there was no reason for the type of language that was used and I’d like to say sorry again for any offence that was caused,” she said.