Protest Screenings of BBC’s Modi documentary continue despite govt’s efforts to ban

New Delhi, Jan 27 (KMS): The Kerala unit of the Congress party screened the BBC documentary on Narendra Modi in Thiruvananthapuram. The Indian government has been doing its best to ensure that the documentary is not screened in India, banning links that share it only and disrupting screenings at universities.

This is not the first screening of the documentary in the state – left-wing student groups too have screened the documentary there. The state government, ruled by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has come out against the Modi government’s attempts to remove the documentary from online platforms.

The first episode of the two-part documentary looks at the 2002 Gujarat riots, and hold Modi and the state BJP government directly responsible for the violence. The second episode looks at violence against Muslims and discriminatory legislations brought in after Modi came to power in the Centre, particularly after his re-election in 2019.

The Students Federation of India, the students’ wing of the CPI(M), also the screened the documentary in Kolkata’s Jadavpur University on Thursday evening. The police is the Trinamool Congress-run state did not attempt to disrupt the screening.

Several student bodies across India – in Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chandigarh – have screened the documentary over the last few days, despite university administrations in some cases pulling out all the stops to try and ensure they cannot.

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