Did JNU celebrate only Iftar? No, they celebrate festivals of all faiths!


*Iftar at JNU hostel* Do they have Navratri Falahar or other such Bhandara etc? No. It’s communal & regressive…..!!!

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Mr. Sinha, a right-wing supporter, posted a picture of a group of people seated at a meal. He shared the post with the claim, “Iftar at JNU hostel.” In addition, he asked, “Do they have Bhandaras like Navratri Falahar or others? No. It is communal and regressive.” Many more social media users spread and amplified this post. Similar claim posts can be seen here and here.

What’s the truth?

We conducted our analysis with relevant keyword searches such as “Festivals of JNU” and “JNU celebrations.” This took us to several YouTube videos showing us various celebrations besides Iftar, such as Durga Puja, Diwali, and Holi.

We discovered the YouTube page Nomadic Journey which has shared a video captioned “JNU DURGA PUJA 2022 | Best Durga Puja Celebration in JNU” on October 5, 2022. This video shows several students dressed in vibrant costumes celebrating Durga Puja by taking pictures of the pandals, eating savory foods, socializing over food, listening to music, and doing a lot more. Additionally, a host in the video describes how magnificently JNU celebrates every holiday, including Eid, Durga Puja, and Janmashtami.

Another video from YouTube was shared by the same Nomadic Journey on Oct 25, 2022, with the caption, JNU ki Diwali Celebration | Diwali 2022.” This video features lamps, colorful rangolis, lit trees, and numerous students wearing bright clothes wishing everyone a happy Diwali. Additionally, we see students decorating the campus and carrying lit lamps.

Likewise, we found yet another video by the same YouTube channel with the caption JNU Holi Celebration | Holi 2023.” This video shows a huge group of students having fun while being doused in color and music. Everybody is dancing, a few boys are tossed into the air, and the scene is filled with cheery expressions and brilliant hues.

Upon viewing the various celebration videos from JNU, it is apparent that the university commemorates various festivals, not just iftar as the widely circulated assertion implies.


Thus, we conclude that the widely circulated rumor that JNU only observes Iftar is untrue and deceptive. Actually, the university honors festivals from all religions.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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