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JNU college students’ union screens Babri movie regardless of admin order

The Jawaharlal Nehru College administration Saturday “firmly suggested” the scholars’ union in opposition to holding a screening of Anand Patwardhan’ documentary ‘Ram Ke Naam’ on campus, warning them of “strict disciplinary motion” in the event that they went forward with it. The college mentioned the movie “could disturb communal concord”.

The JNUSU, nevertheless, screened the documentary, which is predicated on the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.

“It has come to the discover of the undersigned {that a} group of scholars have within the identify of JNUSU launched a pamphlet for screening a documentary/ film ‘Raam Ke Naam’ scheduled for tonight at 9.30 pm at Teflas. No prior permission for this occasion has been taken from JNU administration. That is to stress that such an authorised exercise could disturb communal concord and peaceable surroundings of the College Campus,” JNU Registrar Ravikesh mentioned in a discover.

“The scholars/people involved are firmly suggested to cancel the proposed programme instantly failing which a strict disciplinary motion as per college guidelines could also be initiated in opposition to these accountable. The scholars are additionally instructed to not get provoked by this pamphlet, which is unauthorised and unwarranted,” he mentioned.

JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh mentioned the movie had been screened in 2019 with none subject: “It’ an award-winning movie that has been proven on Doordarshan. There may be nothing about it that may disrupt communal concord.”

In a video message, Patwardhan got here out in assist of the scholars. “I congratulate the scholars for going forward with the screening regardless of the administration’ objections. You’ve gotten each proper to display the movie because it has a ‘U’ certificates, gained a Nationwide Award and has been screened on Doordarshan on primetime… The movie can’t be stopped till there’ full fascism within the nation which hasn’t occurred until now,” he mentioned.

The Registrar didn’t reply to calls and texts by The Indian Express.

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