Students’ unions at two universities in Kolkata on Friday screened the BBC documentary India: The Modi Question. While the supporters of the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) screened the documentary at Presidency University, it was the supporters of the All India Students’ Union (AISA) who screened the documentary at Jadavpur University.
At Presidency University, the screening of the documentary was stalled for half an hour because of power disruption, prompting the students to point a finger at University authorities. A section of students gathered outside the office of the University’s Dean. Power supply was resumed and the students completed watching the documentary.
At both the universities, students claimed that they were exercising their right and there was nothing wrong in screening the documentary.
Students from several universities in the country, including Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia Millia Islamia University and University of Hyderabad, have screened the controversial documentary.
Last week, the Union government had directed social media platforms Twitter and Youtube to block links to the BBC documentary, which says it investigated certain aspects relating to the 2002 Gujarat riots when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of the State.