John Oliver episode about PM Modi not available in India on local Disney platform

John Oliver episode about PM Modi not available in India on local Disney platform

John Oliver’s revealing (and scathing) look at India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the latest Last Week Tonight is now a bit harder to watch if you’re in India, thanks to — in an unexpected twist — Disney.

Hotstar, the Disney-owned streaming platform that carries HBO programming in India, didn’t make the latest episode of John Oliver’s weekly series available, according to a report from Bloomberg. The company’s local representatives didn’t respond to a request for comment. (Mashable reached out to Disney in the U.S., but no response there yet, either.)

In the latest episode, which aired on Sunday evening in the U.S. and should have arrived on the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 25 in India, Oliver devoted the main segment of the 30-minute program to an up-close look at Modi’s tenure as prime minister. It’s strongly critical of Modi’s record, making (admittedly apt) comparisons between the Indian prime minister’s nativist policies and those of Donald Trump. Read more…

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