Indian students at Jamia and JNU are following the blocking of BBC Modi documentary screenings

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has consistently denied playing a part in the violence in Gujarat in 2002.

Due to the broadcast of a BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his involvement in deadly religious riots in 2002, tensions have erupted at two of India’s most prestigious institutions.

According to reports, police detained students at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia campus before a scheduled screening.

On Tuesday, students at a different Delhi institution claimed that the internet and power had been turn down to prevent them from exhibiting the movie.

The Indian government claims that the film is “propaganda” and lacks objectivity.

To remove the documentary from Twitter and YouTube, it has used emergency laws.

Dozens of riot-equipped police officers guard Jamia University, and administrators there have declared that they will not tolerate any “unauthorized gatherings.”

A BBC Hindi reporter on the campus said that the university’s gates had been sealed and that things were calm. However, there is a sizable gathering of students and media outside. Numerous police officers can see lining up outside the barred gate in videos.

The Students’ Federation of India, a group connected to the communist party, had previously publicized the screening schedule.

Jamia University has sealed its main gate in preparation for a planned screening.

It occurs many hours after unrest at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Tuesday evening. Students claimed that authorities had turned off the electricity and internet to halt a screening. University representatives have not yet responded to the accusation.

The university administration had asked the JNU Students’ Union not to show the movie because it would “disturb the peace and harmony of the university campus.”

JNU student organizers issue QR codes so people could stream the film on their laptops and phones even though the public screening was postpon due to a power outage.

Additionally, there were many police officers on that site. Our source reported that while students were watching the video, “a group of 20-30 people” threw stones at them. Students claim to have reported something to the police.

India: The Modi Question, a two-part series, premiered its first episode on January 17 in the UK. On Tuesday, the second installment was telecast.

The documentary has drawn criticism from India’s foreign ministry, which has been refer to as “a propaganda film aimed to sell a specific discredited narrative.”

However, according to the BBC, the movie was thoroughly research. According to a BBC release, the show “explores the politics of Mr. Modi concerning such tensions” and “examines the tensions between India’s Hindu majority and Muslim minority.” The Indian government was allow to respond, but it declined, the statement continued.,

After a passenger train fire in Godhra town claimed the lives of 60 Hindu pilgrims, rioting in 2002 broke out.

The documentary’s first installment followed Mr. Modi’s entry into politics, from his ascent through the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ranks to his selection as Gujarat’s chief minister.

It drew attention to a previously unreleased report that the BBC had obtained from the British Foreign Office, and that raises concerns about Mr. Modi’s actions during the religious riots that broke out in Gujarat in 2002 following the setting on fire of a train carrying Hindu pilgrims, which resulted in the deaths of many. In one of the bloodiest episodes of violence since Independence, more than 1,000 people, predominantly Muslims, died.

 

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