No screening of BBC documentary on PM Modi at JNUSU office as power, internet cut

No screening of BBC documentary on PM Modi at JNUSU office as power, internet cut: The Tribune India


New Delhi, January 24

The JNU students’ union was unable to stage a proposed screening of a controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a group of students who were alleging that the varsity administration cut off electricity and internet connections at the union office.

There was no immediate response from the JNU administration to the allegation.

The students, however, downloaded the documentary onto their mobile phones via an online app to watch and share it, said All India Students’ Association (AISA) National President N Sai Balaji.

The Jawahar Lal Nehru Students Union (JNUSU) is made up of members of DSF, AISA, SFI and AISF, from the left.

The government had ordered social media platforms Twitter and YouTube on Friday to block links to the documentary titled “India: The Modi Question.” The Foreign Ministry has criticized the documentary as a “propaganda piece” that lacks objectivity and reflects a colonial mentality.

However, opposition parties have criticized the government’s decision to block access to the documentary.

Balaji, who was present at the screening, claimed that some students had downloaded the documentary on their mobiles and other devices.

“They (the JNU administration) have cut off the power and the internet. We share the documentary with other students and we are watching it together,” Balaji said.

Balaji also claimed that there were plainclothes police roaming the campus.

However, there was no immediate police response.

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