JNU BBC Documentary: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) located in the country’s capital New Delhi has once again become an arena. The University Students’ Union could not hold a proposed screening of the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The students alleged that the university administration disconnected electricity and internet connection of the student union office. However, he watched the documentary on his mobile phone. An official of the JNU administration said on the condition of anonymity, “There has been a serious fault in the power supply line in the university. We are probing it. The engineering department is saying that it will be resolved at the earliest.
Aishe Ghosh, president of the JNU Students Union, said, “ABVP has indulged in stone pelting. Despite this, no action has been taken by the administration so far. We have almost completed the screening of the film, our priority is to restore power here. We have lodged a complaint against 25 people. The police have assured that they will investigate. Those who have been hurt will also record their statement at the police station tomorrow after treatment. We will also complain to the JNU administration.
At the same time, on this whole controversy, Delhi Police says that if any complaint is received from any section of JNU, it will take appropriate and necessary legal action.
Students who gathered outside the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) office to watch the documentary claimed that stones were pelted at them when they were watching it on their phones. However, a senior police officer said that no such incident was reported to the police. There was also no immediate official response from the JNU administration on the allegations and claims of the students. He had said on Monday that the students’ union had not taken his permission for the event and it should be cancelled.
All India Students’ Association (AISA) national president N Sai Balaji claimed that students downloaded the documentary on their mobile phones through an online application to watch and share it.
The Jawaharlal Nehru Students’ Union (JNUSU) comprises members of the Left-backed Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF), All India Students’ Association (AISA), Student Federation of India (SFI) and All India Students’ Federation (AISF). The government on Friday directed Twitter and YouTube to block links to the documentary titled “India: The Modi Question”. The Ministry of External Affairs has dismissed the documentary as a “propaganda ploy”. The government says it lacks impartiality and reflects a colonial mindset.
Opposition parties, however, have criticized the government’s move to block access to the documentary. Asrar Ahmed, who went to watch the documentary, said, “We were watching the documentary on our phones peacefully, but some people threw stones at us. Due to darkness, the stone pelters could not be identified.
A student said, “The JNU administration has cut off electricity and internet. We shared the documentary with other students and are watching it together.” Balaji also claimed that plainclothes policemen were roaming the campus. However, there was no immediate reaction from the police.