NEW DELHI: The Jawaharlal Nehru University has urged its students’ union to revoke the screening of a BBC documentary critical about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Following the distribution of a poster by the university's students' union promoting the polarising documentary screening at its office on Tuesday, the administration made its decision. On the other hand, a student organisation from Hyderabad Central University planned the BBC documentary's January 21 screening inside the campus.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University admin has also warned of “strict disciplinary action" in case the event is not cancelled.
However, sources within the Jawaharlal Nehru Students Union (JNUSU) said that because the documentary has not been legally outlawed, the showing will still take place.
The Student Islamic Organization (SIO) and Muslim Student Federation, also known as the fraternity group, organised the screening in Hyderabad. The group's attendance during the film totaled more than 50 students.
The contentious BBC documentary "India: The Modi Question" will be screened in Kerala, according to a Tuesday announcement by the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI), the party's youth arm. The news was published by DYFI on its Facebook page.
On Friday, the government had directed social media platforms Twitter and YouTube to block links to the documentary titled “India: The Modi Question". The Ministry of External Affairs has trashed the documentary as a “propaganda piece" that lacks objectivity and reflects a colonial mindset.
On the other hand, opposition parties have slammed the government’s move to block access to the documentary.
In a statement released on Monday, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration stated that the union had not requested permission for the event and that it should be cancelled because it might "disturb peace and harmony."