The administration of Jawaharlal Nehru University “strongly advised against” the student union on Saturday to organize a screening of Anand Patwardhan’s documentary “Ram Ke Naam” on campus, warning them against “strict disciplinary measures” if they put it forward. The university said the film “may disrupt community harmony.”
JNUSU, however, screened the documentary, which is based on the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.
“It has been brought to the attention of the undersigned that a group of students, on behalf of JNUSU, has published a brochure for the screening of a documentary / film ‘Raam Ke Naam’ scheduled for this evening at 9:30 pm in Teflas. No prior authorization for this event has been taken by the JNU administration. This is to emphasize that such authorized activity may disrupt community harmony and the peaceful environment of the university campus, ”JNU Registrar Ravikesh said in a notice.
“Students / individuals concerned are strongly advised to immediately cancel the proposed program, failing which strict disciplinary action in accordance with university rules may be taken against those responsible. Students are also instructed not to be provoked by this brochure, which is unauthorized and unjustified, ”he said.
JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh said the film had been screened in 2019 without any problems: “It is an award-winning film that was shown in Doordarshan. There is nothing about this that can disturb the harmony of the community.
In a video message, Patwardhan expressed his support for the students. “I congratulate the students for having proceeded with the screening despite the administration’s objections. You have every right to show the film as it has a “U” certificate, won a national award, and was shown in Doordarshan during prime time … The film cannot be stopped until there is no total fascism in the country, which has not happened so far, “he said.
The registrar did not respond to calls and texts from The Indian Express.