JNU Postpones BBC's PM Modi Documentary Screening Because It "May Disturb Peace And Harmony"

JNU Postpones BBC's PM Modi Documentary Screening Because It "May Disturb Peace And Harmony"

The BBC documentary "India: The Modi Question" was intended to be shown on January 24, 2022, however the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) requested that students postpone the event since it would upset the peace and unity on campus.

The official announcement said, "It has come to the attention of the administration that a group of students have produced a brochure for showing a documentary/movie "India: The Modi Question" slated on January 24, 2023 at 9:00 p.m. in Teflas.

"The JNU Administration has not given its prior consent for this event. To stress how potentially disruptive such unlawful behaviour may be to the tranquilly and harmony of the university campus The involved individuals/students are strongly encouraged to immediately cancel the intended programme; else, serious disciplinary action may be taken in accordance with University regulations "the official notification was stated.

It ended, "This concerns the authorisation of the Competent Authority."

The BBC's programme has generated debate throughout the nation. Several YouTube videos that shared the first episode of the documentary were censored by the authorities on Saturday. The Center has instructed Twitter to remove more than 50 tweets that include links to the relevant YouTube videos in addition to YouTube videos.

Following orders allegedly issued by the Secretary of Information and Broadcasting on Friday utilising the emergency powers under the IT Rules, 2021, both YouTube and Twitter apparently cooperated with the government.

India had criticised the contentious BBC Narendra Modi documentary series on Thursday, calling it a "propaganda effort" meant to further a discredited narrative.

"This, in our opinion, is propaganda meant to forward a certain, debunked thesis. It is obviously obvious that there is prejudice, there is a lack of impartiality, and there is still a colonial attitude "said Arindam Bagchi, a spokeswoman for the ministry of external affairs, during a weekly press conference.