New Delhi: Despite the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration’s objection regarding the screening of Anand Patwardhan’s national award-winning documentary “Ram Ke Naam”, the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) refused to cancel the screening on the campus on Saturday night.
The JNUSU screened the documentary based on the Babri Masjid demolition on December 6, 1992.
JNU administration said “strict disciplinary action” will be initiated against the students going ahead with the event without permission.
“It has come to the notice of the undersigned that a group of students have in the name of JNUSU released a pamphlet for screening a documentary/ movie ‘Raam Ke Naam’ scheduled for tonight at 9.30 pm at Teflas. No prior permission for this event has been taken from JNU administration. This is to emphasise that such an authorised activity may disturb communal harmony and peaceful environment of the University Campus,” JNU Registrar Ravikesh was quoted as saying in a notice.
“The students/individuals concerned are firmly advised to cancel the proposed programme immediately failing which a strict disciplinary action as per university rules may be initiated against those responsible. The students are also instructed not to get provoked by this pamphlet, which is unauthorised and unwarranted,” Ravikesh said.
According to JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, the film was screened in 2019 without any hiccup. “It’s an award-winning film that has been shown on Doordarshan. There is nothing about it that can disrupt communal harmony,” Aishe said.
Patwardhan, in a video message, backed the students. “I congratulate the students for going ahead with the screening despite the administration’s objections. You have every right to screen the film as it has a ‘U’ certificate, won a National Award and has been screened on Doordarshan on primetime… The film cannot be stopped until there is complete fascism in the country which hasn’t happened till now,” the filmmaker said.