New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration on Saturday "firmly" advised the students' union to cancel the screening of 'Ram Ke Naam' documentary, saying "such an unauthorised activity may disturb communal harmony and peaceful environment" of the campus.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU), however, said that it will go ahead with the screening at 9 pm on Saturday.
In a circular, the JNU registrar said, "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 'Ram Ke Naam' scheduled for tonight at 9:30 pm in Teflas (student union hall)."
The university administration said no prior permission for the event was taken from it.
"This is to emphasise that such an unauthorised activity may disturb communal harmony and peaceful environment of the university campus. The concerned students/individuals are firmly advised to cancel the proposed programme immediately failing which a strict disciplinary action as per the university rules may be initiated against those responsible for this event. The students are also instructed not to get provoked by this pamphlet, which is unauthorised and unwarranted," the circular read.
'Ram ke Naam', a 1992 documentary by filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, explores the campaign to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh, in a Facebook post, said they have scheduled a screening of Ram Ke Naam at the union hall.
"So the puppet body of this RSS-BJP has come out with a circular that this documentary screening is unauthorised and might disturb the communal harmony. 'Ram ke Naam' shows the truth, what is BJP doing in this country and how communal hatred is spread in this secular country by the right wing fundamentalists," she alleged.
"The JNUSU will not back out at any cost. This screening will happen and we request JNU student community to participate in huge numbers at 9 pm for watching this documentary," she said.
JNUSU vice president Saket Moon said the administration cannot decide what the students will watch.
"December 6 will be the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition. We decided to hold the screening of the documentary. The university administration cannot decide what students will watch. The documentary is in the public domain, freely available on YouTube and has also won awards," he said.