JNUSU Office Cuts the Internet Without Screening Prime Minister Modi’s BBC Documentary on Power: The Tribune India


New Delhi, 24 January

The JNU Student Union was unable to host a proposed screening of a controversial BBC documentary about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The JNU administration did not immediately respond to these allegations.

However, students downloaded, watched and shared the documentary on their mobile phones through an online application, claimed N Sai Balaji, national president of the All India Students Association (AISA).

The Jawahar Lal Nehru Students’ Union (JNUSU) is made up of members from the leftist DSF, AISA, SFI and AISF.

The government ordered social media platforms Twitter and YouTube on Friday to block links to a documentary titled “India: The Modi Question”. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs discarded the documentary, calling it “propaganda” that reflected colonialist thinking lacking objectivity.

However, opposition parties condemned the government’s move to block access to the documentary.

Balaji, who attended the screening, claimed that some students downloaded the documentary onto their mobiles and other devices.

“They (JNU administration) cut off power and internet. We share the documentary with other students and watch it together,” said Balaji.

Balaji also claimed there were plainclothes police roaming the campus.

However, there was no immediate response from the police.

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