The film ‘The Kashmir Files’ appears to be at the center of a huge debate in Congress. The Kerala chapter of the party has tweeted certain “facts” about the Kashmiri Pandits issue, claiming that it “fitted BJP propaganda to build a phony outrage for electoral advantage.”
Kerala Congress stated in a lengthy Twitter thread that 399 Kashmiri Pandits were slain in terrorist assaults over 17 years (1990-2007), but 15,000 Muslims were killed by terrorists during the same period.
The Kerala Congress, in a direct attack on the BJP, said that Kashmiri Pandits left the Valley in droves “under the supervision of the erstwhile Governor Jagmohan, who was an RSS man.”
“The migration began under the BJP-backed VP Singh government,” the report stated. “In December 1989, the BJP-backed VP Singh administration took office. The migration of Pandits began the following month, in January 1990. Until November 1990, the BJP did nothing and continued to back VP Singh “It was also added.
It went on to say that the UPA government had previously sought to relocate Pandits and provided them with security. According to the report, the government erected 5,242 tenements for Pandits in Jammu and gave each family a one-time help of Rs 5 lakh, in addition to student scholarships, agricultural support, and welfare initiatives totaling Rs 1,168.4 crore.
“Even in the 1948 communal riots after partition, over 1,00,000 Kashmiri Muslims were slain in Jammu, but there were no retaliatory killings of Pandits,” it claimed, adding that Pandits, like other Kashmiris, are victims of terrorism.
“Despite being in power for two terms at the centre and one term in Kashmir, the BJP, which sheds crocodile tears for Pandits, did not bring them back to Kashmir or resettle them,” it stated.
Meanwhile, other BJP-ruled states, including Gujarat and Haryana, have exempted the film ‘The Kashmir Files,’ which was released on March 11, from paying any taxes.
The film, written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri and produced by Zee Studios, recounts the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir as a result of Pakistan-backed militants’ systematic executions of members of the community. Among the cast members are Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, and Pallavi Joshi.