Kashmir Files A film on Kashmiri Hindu Pandits that widely divided Indian society

A new film about migration of Hindus from Indian administered Kashmir in the 1990s has taken India by storm. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party lBJP has expressed support for film.

Kashmir Files A film on Kashmiri Hindu Pandits that widely divided Indian society

Kashmir Files released on Friday is story of a university student who learns that his Kashmiri Hindu parents were killed by Muslim militants. This student knows that the story told by his grandfather about his parents death in an accident was false.

The film has received mixed reviews from traditional film critics in the Indian film industry with more than one critic calling it an attempt to play with emotions.

But as soon as the film was released, it sparked a heated debate on social media

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PM Narendra Modi and key ministers in his government have praised the film. In several states where the BJP is in power  film has been exempted from the tax levied on screenings while in the state of Madhya Pradesh police personnel have been given a day off to watch the film. Announced

Kashmir Files A film on Kashmiri Hindu Pandits that widely divided Indian society

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So how has this low budget film made people so divided in Indian society?

Kashmir is a contentious issue.

The film deals with the history of Kashmir & the troubled areas near the Pakistani border for years which has long been a sensitive and controversial topic for India.

Kashmir is a Muslim majority valley & has been the scene of an armed uprising against Indian rule since the 1980s. According to historical sources in the late 1980 Muslim militants started targeting upper caste Kashmiri Hindus and Pandits.

During this time many Hindu Pandits were killed & according to some estimates thousands of people were forced to migrate from Kashmir and take refuge in the cities of India & then remained there.

After these incidents the federal government of India deployed troops in Kashmir and gave them unlimited powers to arrest & interrogate people. & over the years Indian military has been accused of persecuting locals.

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Relations between the people of Kashmir & the Indian government were once again strained when the Modi government changed the special constitutional status of Kashmir in 2019.

The nationalist party BJP used the issue of expulsion of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley in disputed region during the election campaign. Focusing on the expulsion of Hindus from the Valley  party accused its then ruling Congress party, which was in power at time of ignoring the plight of Hindu Pandits.

However this community of Hindu Pandits says that no political party has taken any concrete & comprehensive steps for resettlement in their valley.

According to journalist and author Rahul Pandit several books & films have been written on the violent past of Kashmir but very few of them focus on the migration of Hindu Pandits from  valley and its motives.

He says the reason for such a strong reaction to the film Kashmir Files is that the Pandits have always felt that their story has been suppressed. It simply came to our notice then.

Rahul Pandita whose book Memoirs of a Lost Home is based on his experience of leaving Srinagar at a young age. I am amazed at how  younger generation in the country remembers this chapter of Kashmir history he says.

It is been ten years since my book was published and I still get three or 4 emails a day from all over India or occasionally messages from people outside India he explains. That we never knew the severity of the incident. 

But others say this is not surprising as there are many chapters in India history-today that focus on lower caste violenceor the Indian Army in northeastern states where the Maoist insurgency has been raging. Incidents such as the allegations have not-been reported.