January 31st, 2012
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ABVP opposes screening of Jashn-e-Azadi

symbiosisPune: Symbiosis College has been forced to postpone their three day festival on Kashmir after Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) strongly opposed the screening of the documentary film Jashn-e-Azadi. The film by Sanjay Kak meant to showcase art, culture and literature of Kashmir. But the right wing groups argued that the documentary shows the armed forces fighting in Kashmir in a negative light.

“The film ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ which was to be screened at the festival shows how Indian Army is committing atrocities in the Valley. The militants are being depicted as heroes. That is the reason why the students’ union has opposed it,” says Shailendra Dalvi, the Joint Secretary of ABVP.

The college was to screen the film, Jashn-e-Azadi, in the seminar from February 3 to 5. The police too had asked the college not to screen the film as they fear that it shall incite violence. The collge arrived at the decision to postpone the seminar after holding talks with protesting groups. “After objections were raised by several groups, we decided not to screen the documentary. I won’t call it giving in to the pressure. It is not true. We thought the controversy would end there. But unfortunately, it didn’t. So we decided to postpone the festival,” said Dr Hrishikesh Sonam, the principal of Symbiosis Arts and Commerce College.


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