Stone-pelting after BBC documentary ‘screened’ in JNU | India Information

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NEW DELHI: Amid pitch darkness and subsequent stone-pelting, the Jawaharlal Nehru College College students’ Union (JNUSU) on Tuesday screened the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Teams of scholars watched the documentary on completely different laptops on the union workplace.
The transfer got here after the administration, a day forward, had issued an advisory asking the occasion to be cancelled citing doable disruption of “peace and concord”.
Addressing the gang gathered at Teflas, the JNUSU workplace, scholar physique president Aishe Ghosh stated the administration “would possibly shut one display, we are going to watch on a thousand different screens”.
Minutes earlier than the screening of the documentary, electrical energy was snapped throughout the campus. The scholars’ union, nonetheless, continued the screening by sharing QR codes and taking part in the documentary on laptops exterior the union workplace.
“We consider that this nation stands for democracy and each type of dissent is widely known right here. By taking this stance and disconnecting energy provide, they selected to interrupt our spirit and are attempting to complete dissent. In case you assume that you simply’ll finish JNU’s concept of dissent then that’s not what’s going to occur,” Ghosh stated.
Ghosh added, “You can not snatch our spirit. This campus has been for JNU college students since its inception and has at all times stood for battle and resistance. We’ll watch the documentary collectively and this can be a public type of protest. We care about our democracy.”
Nevertheless, through the screening of the documentary, bricks had been thrown within the path the place college students had been viewing the documentary.
Following a scuffle between teams of scholars, JNUSU took out a march to the college’s most important gate. With electrical energy nonetheless out near 11pm, college students stated that they most well-liked to be protected on the gate.
Union members stated that they’d proceed the protest on the gate until the ability provide was restored.
Earlier, in response to the college administration’s advisory, JNUSU stated that the screening was a “voluntary motion by college students who want to watch the screening”.
The scholars’ physique sought particulars on the related ordinances and rules which mandate searching for prior permission from the administration for a screening to be held.
“By screening the documentary or film, we don’t search to create any type of disharmony. The aim of the screening is barely to look at the documentary on campus. Solely the scholars with voluntary curiosity would participate within the screening,” the response to the administration learn.

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