In solidarity with JNU, TISS students to screen BBC documentary on PM Modi

In the wake of the ruckus at JNU, the Progressive Students’ Forum (PSF) at TISS Mumbai announced plans to hold a screening of the BBC documentary India: The Modi Question on campus.

Mustafa Shaikh

Mumbai,UPDATED: Jan 26, 2023 11:21 AM IST

Progressive Students’ Forum (PSF) at TISS Mumbai plans to screen the BBC documentary on PM Modi.

By Mustafa Shaikh: Taking a cue from other youth outfits across the country, a students’ collective from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) plans to screen the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday.

The Progressive Students’ Forum (PSF) at TISS Mumbai said the screening was a symbolic protest against the government’s move to block access to the controversial documentary, and in solidarity with student organizations at other college campuses.

“In solidarity of students of JNU and against the authoritarian and communal censorship of the central government, PSF invites all TISS students to join the mass watching of ‘India: The Modi Question’ documentary by BBC on 28th January (sic),” the PSF said in a tweet.

A TISS official told India Today that the administration has not granted permission for the screening.

This comes a day after chaos erupted on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus after the students’ union held a screening of the BBC documentary titled “India: The Modi Question”.

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Several students claimed the varsity administration cut power and internet to stop the event, and staged a protest after stones were thrown at them. Some have alleged that the attackers were members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a charge the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated student body denied.

The government had on Friday directed social media platforms Twitter and YouTube to block links to the BBC documentary, which claims it investigated certain aspects relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots when PM Modi was the chief minister of the state.

The Ministry of External Affairs has trashed the documentary as a “propaganda piece” that lacks objectivity and reflects a colonial mindset. However, opposition parties have slammed the government’s move to block access to the documentary as censorship.

In defiance of the government directive, student bodies and youth wings of opposition parties announced their intention to hold screenings of the documentary at college campuses in various states.

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