CM must watch "Kashmir Files" before releasing in Bihar: RJD leadertext_fields
Patna: RJD national vice-president Shivanand Tiwari requested Bihar Chief Minister to watch "The Kashmiri Files" once before releasing it in the state, since the movie was born out of a particular political party's behest, with a "vested" interest. This comes after BJPs demand to make the film tax-free in the state, IANS reported.
"It is true that violence took place in Kashmir valley during the 1990s. The militants and separatist organisations had carried out a violent campaign against Kashmiri Pandits and forced them to flee the valley," Tiwari said but asked whether the safety was the responsibility of then Jammu and Kashmir administration. The erstwhile state was ruled by Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah, and the governor was D. Jagmohan, a BJP leader and RSS sympathiser. Also, the centre was run by the Vishwanath Pratap Singh government with BJP's backing, he said.
He alleged that hiding the Central and State governments' failure, "The Kashmir Files" maker has projected Muslims and criminals responsible for atrocities suffered by Kashmiri Pandits.
The film-maker has gathered false data regarding the unfortunate incident. The 30-year-old history of Kashmir is being used for political gains by a particular political party which is intensifying communalism inside the nation and is creating hatred against Muslims in Hindu minds, he said.
"If we talk about history, Muslims were the majority in 1947 in the Jammu region. During the partition, violence spread to such a level that Muslims came into the minority category in the region. The question is how we are using our history. Are we using it to flare up the fire, or are we using it to douse the flame," Tiwari asked.
He said that the Narendra Modi government wishes to flare up a fire in the country through the film, and Nitish Kumar is holding the wood to fuel in the society.
However, Nitish Kumar has not taken any decision on making the film tax-free in the state, while the same has been implemented in BJP ruled states of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.