More than 200 students of the Tata Institute of Social Science in Mumbai watched the BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday despite warnings by the administration against the move. Earlier in the day, the BJP Yuva Morcha held a protest against the students’ plan to screen the controversial documentary.

After the university administration refused to give a projector for the screening, students streamed the documentary on their laptops. The screening was organised by the Progressive Students’ Forum (PSF), who made the plan in solidarity with students of other universities in India. 

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Following the successful screening of the documentary, the PSF said, “TISS admin denied one screen, students arranged ten.” It said more than 200 students showed up for the screening and 10 laptops streamed the documentary simultaneously from various locations inside the university campus. 

It added that students were also streaming the documentary on their personal mobile phones. 

The screening took place despite a notice by the administration on Friday asking the students to refrain from screening the documentary, adding that the institute has not given any permission for it. ” Any action by students against this advisory will be dealt with strictly as per the rules,” said the notice.

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TISS Mumbai joins a handful of universities across the country which streamed the documentary despite warnings from the administration. On Friday, Kolkata’s Jadavpur University and Presidency University streamed the documentary. At Presidency University, a power cut interrupted the screening but was resumed shortly afterwards. A similar power cut took place in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University when students tried to screen the documentary. 

Other universities where a screening of the BBC series was planned include Jamia Millia Islamia, Panjab University, Ambedkar University, Hyderabad University, Delhi University and Pondicherry University. The screening took place in some of these locations, while it was disrupted in others.

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