Singapore Bans Kashmir Files: Is This Controversial Film on The Exodus of Hindus from Kashmir!

Singapore Bans Kashmir Files: Is This Controversial Film on The Exodus of Hindus from Kashmir!

Singapore has banned The Kashmir Files, a controversial film on the exodus of Hindus from Kashmir in the 1990s, citing worries over its “potential to promote hatred between different communities.”
According to news agency PTI, the film has been deemed to be “outside” Singapore’s film classification rules.

For its aggressive and one-sided image of Muslims and depictions of Hindus being persecuted in the ongoing strife in Kashmir, Singapore announced in a statement on Monday that the film would be denied classification.

Furthermore, these depictions have the potential to inflame tensions between different groups in our multi-ethnic, multi-religious community,” the statement continued.

Under Singapore’s film classification rules, “any material that is degrading to racial or religious communities in Singapore” will be denied classification.

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Filmed by Vivek Agnihotri and released on March 11, Kashmir Files has received acclaim from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders, but opponents say it plays to anti-Muslim feelings and is sloppy with the facts.

Shared the Singapore government announcement with Channel News Asia and said, “Film promoted by India’s ruling party Kashmir Files, banned in Singapore.”

According to Mr. Agnihotri, foreign media outlets have launched an “international political campaign” against him and his film, which he claimed at a press conference just a few days ago. Foreign Correspondents Club and News Club of India canceled his press conference, he alleged.

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The Review of ‘the Kashmir Files’

On the basis of interviews with people who had been scarred for generations by the state’s long-running armed conflict, this film depicts the tragic exodus as a full-scale genocide, akin to that of the Holocaust, that was deliberately kept away from the rest of India because of their own self-interest.

Adopting a framework similar to that of The Tashkent Files, Agnihotri has expanded upon it by using flashbacks and memories to tell the story of former Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and his death.

For example, Krishna (Darshan Kumar), an Indian-born Kashmiri Pandit who attends one of India’s most prestigious universities, has been taught by Radhika Menon (Pallavi Joshi) that Kashmir’s secessionist movement is analogous to India’s freedom movement.

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Although the video discusses justice, it fails to include the judiciary’s role, the legal battle of Pandits, or the fact that Bitta spent almost two decades in prison before being released on bail and is now back in jail. Even Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s ancient poetry has been distorted in an attempt to twist.

With Hum Dekhenge, the Pakistani General Zia Ul Haq’s fundamentalist view of Islamic heritage is subverted and challenged through the use of traditional Islamic iconography, which was first published in 1979. It’s like Advaita’s philosophy when he says, “An-al-Haq” (I am truth).

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Earlier Prime Ministers like Atal Bihari Vajpayee are mocked for trying to win over the public’s affections in the film. Perhaps the creators believe that the landmass is the only thing that they can rule. One fears that, in the name of street justice, the film’s clippings may soon be circulated on social media to stoke anti-community sentiment.