Indian university issues advisory against showing Modi documentary from BBC
A prestigious Indian university has threatened its student union with severe disciplinary action if it proceeds with a scheduled screening of a BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi because it could "disturb peace and harmony" on campus.
The documentary, which questioned Modi's leadership during fatal riots in his home state of Gujarat in 2002, was condemned by his administration as "propaganda." The government also forbade its airing and the posting of any clips on social media across the nation.
Showing the movie about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to JNU officials, could "disturb peace and unity" on campus.
According to rights organizations, at over 2,000 individuals were killed during the violence that Modi oversaw in Gujarat, the majority of them Muslims.
The students' union of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, which has traditionally been seen as a stronghold of left-wing politics, announced on Twitter that it would show the documentary India: The Modi Question at its office on Tuesday at 9 p.m. (15:30 GMT).
On its website, the university's administration claimed that it had not provided the documentary's screening approval.
The institution stated, "This is to emphasize that such an unauthorised activity may undermine peace and harmony of the university campus.
The concerned individuals/students are strongly encouraged to cancel the proposed program right away; else, serious disciplinary action may be taken in accordance with university rules.
Aishe Ghosh, the president of the union, tweeted an invitation to students attend the documentary screening that has been "'banned' by a 'elected administration' of the largest 'democracy'."
Late in February 2002, after a train carrying several Hindu pilgrims caught fire and killed 59 people, riots broke out in Gujarat.
Later, in one of the greatest religious massacres in Indian history, crowds rampaged through Muslim neighborhoods throughout the state, murdering and raping scores of women.
Modi was cleared in 2012 as a result of an investigation supervised by the Supreme Court, despite denials that he did not do enough to put an end to the rioting. Last year, a different petition that contested his exoneration was denied.
The documentary, according to the BBC's statement last week, was "rigorously researched" and featured a "broad range" of voices and viewpoints, including comments from members of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The video will also be shown on Tuesday at a number of colleges in Kerala, a southern state that is currently ruled by a communist party that is opposed to the BJP.
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