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BBC Documentary Row: SFI Plans Screening at Jamia, University Denies Permission; 13 Students Detained

BBC Documentary Row Updates: Security was tightened outside Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi on Wednesday after a students' body announced screening of the controversial BBC documentary on PM Modi inside the campus

By: News Desk

News18.com

Last Updated: January 25, 2023, 23:24 IST

New Delhi, India

Security personnel at the Jamia Millia Islamia campus during SFI's protest against the detention of four activists over the proposed screening of a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Jan 25. (Image: PTI)
Security personnel at the Jamia Millia Islamia campus during SFI's protest against the detention of four activists over the proposed screening of a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Jan 25. (Image: PTI)

BBC Documentary Row Updates:?A day after Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) planned a screening of the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left-affiliated Students’ Federation of India (SFI) on Wednesday announced to screen the documentary on the Jamia Millia Islamia campus at 6 pm. Issuing a notice, the university, however, said no permission has been sought for the screening of the documentary and “we will not allow” it.

The university added that they are taking all measures to prevent people and organisations with a “vested interest to destroy Read More

Jan 25, 2023 20:28 IST

BBC Documentary Row: Delhi Police Detains 13 Jamia Students for 'Creating Ruckus'

The Delhi Police said, “A screening for a BBC Documentary was to be organised by a group of Jamia Students inside the university today, which was not allowed by the administration of the University.”

Jan 25, 2023 19:02 IST

BBC Documentary Row: Strict Action Against Organisers, Says Jamia Millia Islamia

Issuing a statement, the Jamia Millia Islamia University said, “It has come to the knowledge of the university administration that some students belonging to a political organisation (SFI) have circulated a poster about screening of a controversial documentary film on the university campus today. University administration again reiterates that no meeting/gathering of students or screening of any film shall be allowed in the campus without permission of competent authority, failing which strict disciplinary action shall be taken against the organisers.”

Jan 25, 2023 17:43 IST

SFI Small Group with No Following, Wont Allow It to Screen BBC Documentary: Jamia VC

Jamia Millia Islamia Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar has called SFI “a small student group with no following” and accused it of disturbing peace on the campus. “We do not want any disturbance on the campus. We desire to keep the peace and harmony in the university where students are studying and giving exams,” Akhtar told PTI. “A small group like Students’ Federation of India (SFI), which has no following, is holding protests. We do not approve of this kind of behaviour. Their aim is to disturb peace and harmony on the campus. At no cost I will allow this kind of behaviour under my watch,” she said.

Jan 25, 2023 17:11 IST

BBC Documentary Screening: 70 Jamia Students Protesting Detention of 4 Activists Detained, Says SFI

Delhi Police has detained over 70 students who were gathered at Jamia Millia Islamia to protest against the detention of four activists over the proposed screening of a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Students’ Federation of India said. There was no immediate response from the police. Heavy deployment of police personnel was seen outside the campus where the students were gathered. Personnel from the Rapid Action Force were deployed at the gate.

Pritish Menon, secretary of the Students’ Federation of India’s (SFI) Delhi state committee, said the police detained the protestors who had gathered there. “We were about to begin the demonstration but they were detained before that. They were taken to the police station,” Menon told the news agency PTI.

Jan 25, 2023 16:25 IST

BBC Documentary Row: Delhi Police Detains Protesters Outside Jamia University

The Delhi Police on Wednesday detained protesters who were sloganeering outside Jamia Millia Islamia University.

Jan 25, 2023 16:15 IST

BBC Documentary News: Security Beefed Up Outside Campus

Security strengthened outside Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi after a group of students planned to screen the BBC documentary on PM Modi.

Jan 25, 2023 16:12 IST

Kerala Guv Questions Timing of BBC Documentary When India Assumed G20 Presidency

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has questioned the timing of the release of the controversial BBC documentary, saying it came at a time when India assumed the presidency of the G20. He also said that he is surprised that people are attaching more importance to the opinion of a foreign documentary maker, “that too our colonial masters”, than the verdict of the highest court of the land.

“So many judicial verdicts, including that of the highest court of the land, the timing, all these things have to be taken into consideration. This is a time when India has assumed the G20 presidency. Why has this particular time been chosen to bring out this scurrilous material? You cannot ignore these things and particularly when it is coming from a source who ruled over us for over 200 years,” the Governor said.

Jan 25, 2023 15:31 IST

Jamia Millia Islamia Issues Notice, Says No Screening Allowed Without Permission

Issuing a notice, the Jamia Millia Islamia university has reiterated that no meeting of students or screening of any film will be allowed in the campus without permission. “University is taking all measures to prevent people/organisations having vested interest to destroy peaceful academic atmosphere here,” it said.

Jan 25, 2023 14:44 IST

BBC Documentary Row: 4 Jamia Students Detained by Delhi Police

Four students have been detained by Delhi Police over for allegedly creating a ruckus outside Jamia Milia Islamia University over the screening of the BBC documentary today. Security has been tightened outside the university with riot police guarding key points avoid any untoward incident.

Jan 25, 2023 14:30 IST

Jamia Students To Screen BBC Documentary on PM Modi at 6pm Today

After JNU, now Left-affiliated Students’ Federation of India (SFI) Wednesday announced that?it will screen the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Jamia Millia Islamia campus at 6 pm.

The university administration, however, said no permission has been sought for the screening of the documentary and “we will not allow” it.?The SFI’s Jamia unit has issued a poster informing the documentary will be screened at 6 pm at the MCRC lawn gate no 8.

 

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Jan 25, 2023 14:14 IST

BBC Docu Screening: 2 Students Say JNUSU Members Harassed Them, Aishe Ghosh Says They Threw Stones

Two JNU students have alleged they were assaulted and harassed by some members of the students union, an allegation rejected JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, who claimed they threw stones at a gathering watching a controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday night.

The Left-backed AISA, whose members took part in the screening of the documentary, rejected the allegation, claiming they caught two Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members but they were not harassed.

Jan 25, 2023 12:16 IST

How Can a Documentary Affect Sovereignty of India, Asks Shashi Tharoor

While speaking on the documentary on PM Modi by BBC, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said: “How can a (BBC) documentary affect sovereignty of our nation? The ban is an overreaction and unnecessary by Centre. We’re a strong country, we could’ve ignored this. Our sovereignty and national security isn’t something that can be easily affected by a documentary.”

Jan 25, 2023 12:08 IST

Blocking BBC Documentary Not about Censorship But Keeping Order: Senior I&B Ministry Tells CNN-News18

While critics and supporters of the Narendra Modi government have questioned the call to block access to the BBC’s contentious documentary ‘India: The Modi Question’, the Centre seemed to back its decision to block digital access to the programme. READ MORE

Jan 25, 2023 12:07 IST

Students? From Jamia Came To Attend Screening: JNU ABVP President?

JNU ABVP president said said students from Jamia came to attend the screening of the Modi documentary by BBC. The student leader said the JNU authority had strictly warned not to screen?the documentary. Later, after the screening was done, a group of students tried to lynch an ABVP worker.

“I hope Delhi Police will identify the miscreants?and take appropriate action,” said the ABVP President.

Jan 25, 2023 11:06 IST

'Intolerant Calls To Retract Tweet': Cong Leader AK Antony's Son Quits Party

Senior Congress leader AK Antony’s son Anil Antony quits Congress after being asked to take down post criticising BBC documentary on PM Narendra Modi. His resignation has come a day after he extended support to the BJP over the controversial BBC documentary on PM Narendra Modi. READ MORE

 

Jan 25, 2023 10:31 IST

Mahua Moitra Posts Again, This Time With Link of Episode 2

Trinamool leader Mahua Moitra posted again on Twitter, this time with the link of the documentary’s second episode.

“Here is Episode 2 (with buffering delays). Will post another link when they get one this removed,” wrote?Mitra in?her twitter post.

Jan 25, 2023 09:23 IST

Kerala Police Files Case Against BJP Workers Who Protested Against Screening

Kerala Police has registered a case against BJP workers who protested at Poojapura and Manaveeyam Street in Thiruvananthapuram where DYFI and Youth Congress had screened the BBC documentary on Tuesday.

Case has been registered against the BJP workers for unlawful assembly and traffic disruption, news agency ANI reported.

Jan 25, 2023 09:18 IST

Hyderabad University Issues Statement on Screening of BBC Documentary

Hyderabad University on Wednesday issued a statement over the incident of screening of the controversial BBC documentary on PM Modi. The statement read, “On 21st January 2023, the Fraternity Movement in University of Hyderabad (UoH) campus, a students’ group, organized a screening of the B.B.C. documentary ‘India: The Modi Question’ at the Shopping Complex, in the North Campus of the University without an prior notice or permission.”

On receiving the information, the security team and the Dean, Students’ Welfare rushed to the venue and requested the organizers to stop the screening of the documentary, the statement said adding that the the organizers, however, did not accede to this request and continued the screening of the documentary in presence of few students.

“As per the prescribed procedure, any student organization desiring to hold an event in the University Campus is required to obtain prior permission from the authority through the Dean, Students’ Welfare. In this case, no prior permission was obtained which is a violation of the existing norms. Though the event passed off peacefully, the University has asked for the report on the event for taking further necessary action,” the statement read.

There has been no untoward incident and the campus is quiet and peaceful, it added.

Jan 25, 2023 09:15 IST

Internet Archive Takes Down BBC’s Documentary on PM Modi

The Internet Archive, a US-based non-profit library, removed the first part of the controversial BBC documentary The Modi Question. This comes after Union government asked Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites to take down the documentary, terming the documentary as an “anti-India garbage” and a “propaganda piece”.

The Internet Archive previously contained several uploads of the BBC’s The Modi Question but, on opening the link to the documentary now, a message on the page read: “This item is no longer available. Items may be taken down for various reasons, including by decision of the uploader or due to a violation of our Terms of Use”.

Jan 25, 2023 09:14 IST

BBC Documentary to be Screened on Jan 27 at Presidency University in Kolkata

Left students’ body SFI has announced that it will screen the BBC documentary on PM Modi’s at Presidency College’s campus in Kolkata on Friday.

BBC Documentary to be Screened on Jan 27 at Presidency University in Kolkata

the peaceful academic atmosphere of the university”.

The SFI’s Jamia unit has issued a poster informing the documentary will be screened at 6 pm at the MCRC lawn gate no 8.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police said they have detained four students after the SFI announcement plan to screen the controversial BBC documentary on the Jamia campus.

A Delhi Police official said four SFI members were detained, just hours before the screening planned for 6 pm by the student body. The SFI called for a protest at 4 pm against the detention.

“In an atrocious manner, Azeez, a student of Jamia Milia Islamia and SFI Jamia Unit Secretary; Nivedya, a Jamia Student and SFI South Delhi Area Vice President; Abhiram and Tejas, both Jamia students and SFI Unit members have been detained by the Delhi Police prior to the screening of the documentary,” the SFI said, adding, “The SFI Jamia Unit had decided to screen the BBC documentary today on the campus.”

The second episode of the BBC docuseries on PM Modi, meanwhile, came?out, links to which surfaced?on social media amid the central government trashing the documentary as a “propaganda piece” that lacks objectivity and reflects a colonial mindset.?TMC MP Mahua Moitra on Wednesday shared a link to the second part of the series which?questioned PM Modi’s leadership during the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The documentary by BBC on PM Modi has divided people with some sharing links and screening it and some slamming the UK’s national broadcaster and those supporting the documentary for being victims of “colonial intoxication”.

The row over the documentary titled “India: The Modi Question” snowballed on Tuesday with students of Hyderabad University screening it at campus and the students union of Delhi’s JNU also planning a screening, which did not happen as planned as the students’ outfit alleged that the varsity administration snapped power and internet connections at the union’s office. The students raised the issue and also alleged stone pelting and protested outside?the Vasant Kunj police station in Delhi in the late hours of Tuesday.

On the other hand, the documentary was screened across Kerala on Tuesday by various political organisations including the SFI, as the BJP youth wing went up in arms protesting against the screening.

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