After the documentary was withdrawn on YouTube and Twitter, the students prepared to screen the documentary on the JNU campus.
NEW DELHI: The university campus went dark half an hour before the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union planned to screen the first episode of a two-part BBC documentary on Modi (‘India: The Modi Question’). After the documentary was withdrawn on YouTube and Twitter, the students prepared to screen the documentary on the JNU campus.
Power was restored after midnight after a group of students watched parts of the documentary on their phones and laptops in protest. JNU V-C Shantisree Pandit and University Rector 1 Satish Chanadra Garkoty were not available for comment. Deputy Registrar Ravikant Sinha said he was not authorized to comment. JNU V-C and university registrar said the power outage affected one-third of the campus.
Meanwhile, a Union Education Ministry official said there was no deliberate attempt to cut the power. Sources, however, said such a long power cut was unusual on the campus. “We didn’t have electricity or internet in the hostels. We approached our warden but got no response. A graduate student responded. Several professors told The Indian Express that the power cut has also affected faculty houses.
In a video from the campus, JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh was seen waving a piece of paper with a QR code on it. “If they shut down one screen, we turn on hundreds of screens,” she said. “JNU used to hold screenings of films like Kashmir Files, but we didn’t get any advice from the administration. This is happening for the first time.” “We used to be notified whenever there was a power cut, but this time we did not receive any notification,” she added. At around 10.30 pm, stones were pelted at the students who had gathered to watch the documentary, but the attackers could not be found in the dark. The students marched to the Vasant Kunj police station demanding action against the attackers. The march was held at twelve o’clock at night. The march was led by the leaders of student organizations SFI, AISF and ISA.