The propaganda movie, Kashmir Files is out in cinemas all over the world and in the United States.
Kashmir Files exceptionalizes the suffering of Kashmiri Pandits at the cost of facts,, and erases the large-scale suffering of Kashmiri Muslims.
The film deploys repetitive Islamophobic tropes – all the Muslims in the film are portrayed as violent, barbaric, or vile.
The film draws comparisons between Kashmiri Pandits and Jews and refers to the exodus as the holocaust, a comparison that is unsustainable and goes against all realities on the ground.
If there’s an actual holocaust unfolding in Kashmir, it’s the one that has been organized by the Indian state, according to Genocide Watch, that has resulted in more than countless deaths, thousands of enforced disappearances, mass rapes, prolonged imprisonments, and custodial torture.
The film’s director, Vivek Agnihotri, -a staunch supporter of India’s rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), makes no attempt to hide the real purpose of the movie: to incite anti-Muslim violence in India. To quote a recent opinion piece in Bloomberg, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party is exploiting social divisions and deep-rooted religious tensions.”