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BBC refuses to apologies for Top Gear India Special programme

The BBC has refused to apologise for broadcasting a Top Gear special in December, which was widely criticized for offending India, and resulted in a complaint from the Indian High Commission over its cultural insensitivity.

Many viewers complained to the BBC that in a Top Gear India Special episode, presenter Jeremy Clarkson made several controversial remarks about India’s clothing, trains, food and history. The Indian High Commission in London condemned the programme as tasteless, and accused the BBC of breaching undertakings about the filming.

The BBC has now responded for the first time to say the show did not display a hostile or superior attitude, the British newspaper Telegraph reports. The broadcaster said the jokes on the programme were at the expense of presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, rather than the Indian people.