The administration of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) halted the showing of the contentious BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday. According to the administration, it may “disturb calm” and harmony on campus. Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) was claimed to have organised the screening, news agency ANI reported.
“It has come to the notice of the administration that a group of students have in the name of JNUSU released a pamphlet for screening a documentary “India: The Modi Question” scheduled for 24th January 2023 at 9:00 pm in Teflas. No prior permission for this event has been taken from the JNU Administration. This is to emphasize that such an unauthorised activity may disturb peace and harmony of the University Campus,” read the official advisory issued by the varsity admin.
JNU asks to cancel the screening of the documentary “India: The Modi Question” scheduled for 24th Jan by a group of students stating that “such an unauthorised activity may disturb peace & harmony in the University.”. pic.twitter.com/yQwDah9xx7
— ANI (@ANI) January 23, 2023
“The concerned students or individuals are firmly advised to cancel the proposed programme immediately, failing which strict disciplinary action may be initiated as per the University rules,” it further reads.
Meanwhile, the government referred to the documentary as a “propaganda work” and apparently issued orders to remove various YouTube videos and Twitter postings containing links to it. The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) documentary series ‘India: The Modi Question’ focuses on the 2002 Gujarat riots, which killed hundreds and displaced lakhs, particularly among Muslims, and the role played by then-chief minister Modi’s government. On Friday, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting directed YouTube and Twitter to remove the first episode’s various videos and postings containing links. According to officials, social media networks have complied with the mandate. (With Inputs From ANI)