Politics On The Kashmir Files: Politics is going on continuously regarding The Kashmir Files. On one hand, while it is being said from the government that the pain and struggle of Kashmir Pandits has been brought to the fore in front of the world through this film, on the other hand, the central government is being targeted fiercely by the opposition. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said the Bollywood film “The Kashmir Files”, based on the forced exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in the 1990s, is a bold representation of the truth. Shah also said that such historical mistakes should not be repeated, in this direction this film will work to make the society and the country aware. Shah’s remarks came after PDP President and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti claimed the “aggressive” manner in which the Center is promoting the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ and the pain of Kashmiri Pandits as a “weapon”. ‘ is making, his ‘mis intention’ becomes clear from him.
The film’s producers and actors including Vivek Agnihotri, Anupam Kher and Pallavi Joshi met Shah in Delhi. Shah then went on to say that the film brings to the world the “unbearable pain and struggle” of the community. Interestingly, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel invited all the MLAs of the Congress-ruled state to watch the film at a mall in Raipur.
Tax free in eight states
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand became the eighth state to make films tax-free after Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Haryana, Goa and Tripura – all BJP-ruled states. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government employees will be given half a day’s leave to watch the film ‘The Kashmir Files’. At the same time, AIUDF President Badruddin Ajmal claimed that the film would increase communal tension, so it should be banned. Sarma said that there is no entertainment tax in the BJP-ruled state of Assam, so the question of exemption does not arise.
According to an official letter, the Special Branch of Delhi Police in the national capital has asked the DCPs of all the districts to make adequate security arrangements in areas with mixed population so that law and order situation is maintained after the screening of the film. The Congress in Kerala, which has come under attack from the Bharatiya Janata Party over its comments on the film ‘The Kashmir Files’, alleged that its tweets on the issue were “misinterpreted and misused” by the Sangh Parivar forces.
Home Minister Shah also posted his picture with the film’s team on Twitter. He tweeted in Hindi, “Today met the team of “The Kashmir Files”. The truth of the sacrifice, unbearable pain and struggle of Kashmiri Pandits who were forced to leave their home in their own country has come to the fore through this film to the whole world, which is a very commendable effort.” Shah said that “The Kashmir”. Files” is a bold representation of truth. It will work to make the society and the country aware in this direction that such historical mistakes are not repeated. I congratulate the entire team for making this film. I congratulate the entire team for making this film.
#TheKashmirFiles A bold representation of truth.
It will work to make the society and the country aware in this direction that such historical mistakes are not repeated.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 16, 2022
Later, Kher thanked the Home Minister for abrogating most of the provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Thanking Shah for his encouragement, Agnihotri tweeted, “Thank you very much Amit Shah ji for your encouragement. Your continuous effort for the human rights of Kashmiri people and security forces is commendable. Your vision for a peaceful and prosperous Kashmir will strengthen humanity and brotherhood.
Mehbooba said – the government is making pain a weapon
In Srinagar, Mehbooba Mufti said that instead of healing old wounds and creating a conducive atmosphere between the two communities, the Center was “deliberately separating them.” Is promoting ‘Kashmir Files’ and weaponizing the pain of Kashmiri Pandits, this clearly shows their intention.
The manner in which GOI is aggressively promoting Kashmir Files & is weaponising pain of Kashmiri Pandits makes their ill intention obvious. Instead of healing old wounds & creating a conducive atmosphere between the two communities, they are deliberately tearing them apart.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) March 16, 2022
Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly V D Satheshan said the tweet by the party’s state unit on Kashmir was meant to say that all atrocities in the Valley should end and it should be done in the name of religion or caste. The issue should not be dealt with. Responding to a question on the BJP targeting the Congress in Parliament over the controversial tweet made through the Kerala unit’s Twitter handle on the Congress, Satheesan told reporters, “But it is being misused in Delhi. It was misinterpreted by the forces of the Sangh Parivar.
Fears of students being targeted
The Jammu and Kashmir Students’ Association, an association of Kashmiri students in Uttarakhand, said that “disturbing video clips” are emerging from various theaters showing the film “The Kashmir Files” and expressed apprehension that this may be the reason behind the protests in different parts of the country. Students from a particular community of the Union Territory studying in the Union Territory may be targeted.
The association’s spokesperson Nasser Khuehami, who is studying in a college in Dehradun, said in a statement, “The director of the film will be responsible for the incidents of unprovoked hatred, abuses and attempts to beat the students of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.” He said that after the release of the film, efforts are being made to create an atmosphere of distrust and division on social media, which the association condemns.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Wednesday turned down a demand of BJP MLAs to make the film “The Kashmir Files” tax-free. Pawar said that if the central government gives exemption in GST on the film, then it will be applicable to the whole country. Responding to questions on the discussion on the budget in the Vidhan Sabha, Pawar said that the Central Goods and Services Tax and the State GST are 50-50 per cent. He said, “This film is on the issue of Kashmir. Prime minister Narendra Modi Has spoken about the film in Parliament. If the Central GST is exempted, it will be applicable to the whole country. Amidst opposition BJP’s demand for tax break on the film in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Baghel said that the Center should waive GST on the film so that it becomes tax free in the country.