Many people were surprised by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri’s film The Kashmir Files. The film depicts the expulsion of the Pandits from Kashmir in 1990 in excruciating detail. The film has once again stirred up the conversation about what happened in Kashmir, with stunning graphics and gruesome anecdotes from locals that can send chills down your spine.
The film sparked a debate on the Internet. “The Kashmir Files” is not just a film based on video interviews with the first generation of Kashmiri Pandit victims of the macabre genocide in Kashmir. It is a poignant chronicle of Kashmiri Hindu anguish, suffering, struggle and trauma (based on the carnage of Kashmiri Hindus in 1990) that has taken the nation by storm, raising pertinent concerns about the democracy, religion, politics and humanity.
Incidentally, in a recent post, director Vivek Agnihotri announced that the State of Rhode Island in the United States has formally recognized the Kashmir Genocide following his film “The Kashmir Files”, while we continued to deny for three decades! Commercially, the box office success of “The Kashmir Files” continues. The Vivek Agnihotri directed film has earned a collection of Rs 47.85 crore worldwide in just four days after its release.
On January 18 and 19, 1990, the Kashmir Valley went dark in the middle of the night, with electricity cut off everywhere except mosques, which broadcast divisive and incendiary slogans calling for the expulsion of Hindus from Kashmir. As night fell, the valley began to echo with the battle cries of the Islamists, who had meticulously staged the entire event, carefully choosing the timing and the slogans to intimidate the Hindus. These mosque sermons exhorted the “believers” to give the Kafir one last push in order to usher in the true Islamic society. Islamic slogans from mosques filled absolute silence and bloodthirsty masses called for the ethnic cleansing of Hindus in Kashmir. With a barrage of insulting, communal and threatening slogans interspersed with martial melodies, Muslims were enticed and insinuated to take to the streets and break the bounds of “slavery”. Ralive, Tsalive or Galive (Convert to Islam, leave or die), the infamous maxim was put into practice when Muslims were asked to “break the chains” and establish the Dar al-Islam (the house/abode of the Islam) from the Dar al-Harb (house or abode of war) that was Kashmir.
Ralive, Tsalive or Galive (Convert to Islam, leave or die), the infamous maxim was put into practice when Muslims were asked to “break the chains” and establish the Dar al-Islam (the house/abode of the Islam) from the Dar al-Harb (house or abode of war) that was Kashmir.
Women, children and the elderly, no one was spared when the fanatical Islamo-supremacist militia burst into homes. Women were raped in front of their families and cut into living pieces, children shot at point-blank range and old people also succumbed to the appalling massacres. Countless calls were made to authorities in Jammu and Kashmir and the national capital, Delhi, to hear a deafening silence as even the armed forces could not intervene for lack of orders. Hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits were killed and hundreds of thousands of them had to flee, leaving behind the corpses of their dead families, their homes and their homeland, Kashmir.
It is no surprise that the story of this Kashmir Holocaust was swept under the rug and silenced for all these years, for it was neither the first nor the last. It was one of seven large-scale genocides of Kashmiri Hindus. The first was between 1389 and 1413, the second was between 1506 and 1584, the third followed in 1585-1752, the fourth was in 1753, the fifth was between 1931 and 1965, followed by the sixth wave of genocide and exodus in 1986. This reflects the timeline of Kashmir’s six Hindu genocides and subsequent mass migrations since the arrival of Islam.
It is no surprise that the story of this Kashmir Holocaust has been swept under the same rug and silenced for all these years, for it was neither the first nor the last. It was one of seven large-scale genocides of Kashmiri Hindus.
For such a long period, Kashmir, known as heaven on earth and the crown jewel of Bharat Mata, has witnessed the bloody chronicles of persecution, subversion and perpetration of the Hindu natives of Kashmir, with no one to speak out against injustice, much less defend it. To this day, Hindus in Kashmir and Hindus in any other part of India are similarly murdered, with the violence encompassing even Muslims who oppose such atrocities.
For such a long period, Kashmir, known as heaven on earth and the crown jewel of Bharat Mata, has witnessed the bloody chronicles of persecution, subversion and perpetration of the Hindu natives of Kashmir, with no one to raise your voice against injustice, much less defend it
All of this is well covered by the lay Nehruvians who wear different hats from time to time. Sometimes they come to us as 35-year-old students and sometimes as award-winning Hinduphobic journalists and historians. They sometimes become so-called “liberals” who wouldn’t want a little honest attempt to post the unfiltered story in the form of the movie “The Kashmir Files” to be published and move mountains to eliminate it altogether. The liberal left cabal may not want to hear and let others hear the echoes of the screaming Kashmiri Hindu women who were gang raped and hacked using industrial sawmills as their mutilated body parts were dumped at inside their homes so that their families can see them.
The ‘liberal left’ cabal may not want to hear and let others hear the echoes of screaming Kashmiri Hindu women who were gang raped and hacked using industrial sawmills as their mutilated body parts were thrown away inside their homes for their families. to see.
The facade of educated, secular, tolerant, cultured and peaceful Kashmiri Muslims has been fabricated by the Lutyans and Bollywood over the years to suppress the truth about one of India’s oldest communities: the Kashmiri Hindus. But it is high time for Indians to unite and see The Kashmir Files in theaters so that terrorists are no longer portrayed as ‘misguided youths’ and ‘managers’ sons’.
At the same time, let us take a moment of introspection and see how we can save the secular fabric of India from being torn apart by such shameful and heinous acts of barbarism. Perhaps the Nehruvian laity could prepare a response to some pertinent questions:
First, who or what is responsible for fueling the communal division that led to the massacre of Kashmiri Hindus at the hands of their very Muslim friends and neighbors decades ago? Moreover, what prompted the then government and its administration to shun Kashmiri Hindus who were gullible enough to trust the dispensation for their safety even after witnessing six mass exoduses?
Second, many state governments created special quotas for the victims of the Kashmiri exodus, which were actually used by Muslims from Kashmiri. Wasn’t this a blatant exercise in masking that hysterically mocked the plight of Kashmiri Hindus?
Third, the four pillars of democracy failed to save the Hindus of Kashmir and remained silent spectators of the ethnic cleansing, which continues to this day. Will this nation rectify its course and take active steps to promote a film called “The India Files”?
Fourth, are we equal partners in hiding the truth about the Kashmir Hindu Genocide by never raising our voices in order to salvage the communal harmony that has been lacking for all these years? If so, then our silence and ignorance has only exacerbated their tragedy and agony by preventing us from showing their support and ensuring that they are returned to their ancestral homes with dignity and grace.
And above all, how do we intend to punish the perpetrators, including those who have tried to bring down The Kashmir Files in recent days, and bring justice to the Hindus of Kashmir?
Indeed, the grim reality of the community-inspired ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus was whitewashed, but now that Vivek Agnihotri has made a brave attempt, how or if this nation will awaken its conscience will be the hardest question to answer. .
Yuvraj Pokharna is a Surat-based educator, columnist and social activist. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent the position of this publication.
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