First part of blocked BBC documentary on PM Modi illegally screened at Hyderabad, Kerala universities

The first part of blocked BBC documentary about Pm Modi was illegally screened on Saturday by a group of student and children. They were from University of Hyderabad campus, officials from the Central Institute confirmed Tuesday.

Fraternity Movement organized the Hyderabad screening. Thanked around 200 students for watching “India: The Modi Question”. Announcement was made that the second part of the documentary will be screened soon and more screenings are expected.

The statement coincided with the university launching an investigation into the screening. Demanding that ABVP take “concrete action” against those behind it within 48 hours. Registrar Devesh Nigam said the Director of Student Welfare rushed to the venue on 21 January. Although, we told the organizers to halt the screening but the organizers refused to do it, so it continued. “I didn’t get permission in advance,” he said.

what did the fraternity say?

The Fraternity Movement said it “believes in creating a culture that questions injustice and creating dissent voices”.

In Thiruvananthapuram, Youth Congress organized a screening at Manaveeyam Veedhi on Tuesday and DYFI screened at Poojappura Maidan. Both screenings were conducted under police surveillance as Yuva Morcha members marched to the location because of the protest.

SFI screened the documentary at several institutions. Including Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kalady Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University, Maharaja’s College Ernakulam and Government Law College. More public screenings are being planned said Aloshious Xavier, president of the Kerala Students’ Union, and said that CPM Secretary of State V Govindan supported the screening. Calling for public resistance to attempts to prevent people from seeing the documentary. Which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs described as “propaganda” and without a single point of objectivity and colonial prejudice.

Govindan said “Banning documentaries is an undemocratic position and Democratic society should not ban Ideas”.