Delhi: Uproar over screening of controversial BBC documentary in Jnu

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Ruckus is underway in JNU over the showing of controversial BBC documentary. Even at this time, there are student protests in JNU. The march against the university administration has started on campus and the police have also arrived. Students from left-wing organizations hold a protest march from JNU campus to Vasant Kunj police station. Allegations of stone-pelting have also been made by student groups, but there was no confirmation of stone-pelting by the police.

Earlier on Monday, a group of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University attempted to show the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday evening, January 24, despite a government warning on Monday.

According to information, the screening of the documentary was organized by the JNU Students’ Union. While the administration did not allow it. As soon as the issue of showing the documentary without permission came to light, the administration shut down the student union’s electricity and internet. Nevertheless, the students did everything they could to show the documentary.

P.M Allegations of misrepresenting Modi’s image

The documentary was made by the BBC. The Government of India had expressed its displeasure over this. At the same time, the government had banned it as controversial and banned the BBC’s social media accounts. It is alleged that it was made with the aim of misrepresenting Prime Minister Modi’s image. The documentary tries to pin the blame for the communal riots that took place when Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat. While he was given a clean slate by the Supreme Court in this case. The Foreign Office had objected to the British broadcaster about this.

Screening was also conducted at the University of Hyderabad

This BBC documentary on Narendra Modi’s role in the riots in Gujarat in 2002 was also screened at the University of Hyderabad on Saturday 21 January. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had lodged a complaint with the university administration over the screening of a documentary entitled India: The Modi Question. After which the officials asked for the report. Meanwhile, amidst the controversy, three political groups in Kerala also announced that they would screen the documentary in the state.

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