Debunking Some Claims About Kashmiri Pandits And ‘The Kashmir Files’, A Movie Based On It
Debunking some claims to Kashmiri Pandits and ‘ The Kashmir Files,’ a movie based on them
The Kashmir Files, a recent Bollywood film based on the 1990s exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, has given fodder for several false and misleading messages. Directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri and starring Anupam Kher and Pallavi Joshi in the lead roles, the film has been tax-exempt in several states. It has also revived the debate on militancy in the former state.
Here are some of the claims circulating in social media about the film and the alleged repurcussions it has caused.
Rhode Island Officially Recognized “Kashmir Genocide”?
This is a claim by the director himself. He had tweeted on March 14 that Rhode Island, a US state, Rhode Island, “officially recognized the genocide in Kashmir because of a very small film.”
†Here is the archived tweet)
A closer look at the quote he shared would let us know that the word genocide is out of the question.
Journalist Raqib Hameed Naik contacted Brian Patrick Kennedy, State Representative, Rhode Island and posted his reply. “The state citation was to simply acknowledge the premiere of this film,” wrote Mr. Kennedy adding that “a citation is simply acknowledgment of a special event. It bears NO weight of a resolution passed by the members from the house .”
Fact check: not true.
How many Kashmiri Pandits were killed in the Valley?
The image is real. Hindi newspaper Dainik Bhaskarpublished an article about the RTI. The article states that the data was 31 years, i.e. from January 1990. But the first signs of militancy in Kashmir began in 1988 and the first major attack was in September 1989 with the assassination of the prominent Kashmiri Pandit lawyer and BJP- leader Tika Lal Taploo. These and several other attacks were not covered in the RTI query.
On a question from the then Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh, the MHA said on 20.12.2017: “According to the report of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, 174 cases of murder of Kashmiri pandits by terrorists have been registered by the Jammu and Kashmir Police .”
in 2010, The Hindureported that the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly had been informed that 219 Kashmiri pandits had been killed by militants since 1989, while 24,202 families were among a total of 38,119 families who migrated from the valley due to the unrest. Shujaat Bukhari, the correspondent who wrote the story, was killed by terrorists in Srinagar on June 14, 2018.
While there are differences in the numbers quoted by different authorities, it is certain that more than 89 pandits and dozens more were killed by terror.
Fact Check: Misleading
Did BJP leaders collapse after seeing the film?
An old image of an emotional LK Advani is circulating with a false claim. † Photo credit: special arrangement
A video of LK Advani getting emotional during a movie screening, and another of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on tears went viral claiming it was their reaction after watching The Kashmir files.
Mr Advani got emotional after seeing a movie about Kashmir, but it was… Shikara† The film was released in 2020. Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films, who produced Shikara, had organized a special screening for the veteran leader. His reaction was recorded and uploaded on their Instagram page on February 7, 2020. Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the director of the film and Mr. Advani’s daughter Pratibha can also be seen in the clip.
Adityanath also got emotional, but the incident took place in October 2017, at an event honoring martyrs in Gorakhpur.
Fact Check: False
Deleted scene for Kashmir files?
A video clip of a man with a skull speaking against the Indian military and the Union government, and their alleged atrocities on Kashmiris are distributed as a deleted clip from the film.
A reverse image search on a screenshot of the person speaking led us to a Youtube video posted on September 3, 2019. The user uploaded a Tiktok video on YouTube. We also found a Times of India article dated March 17, 2020 stating that shooting, which was to begin that week, has been postponed due to COVID-19. An article in Stand mentioned that the first shooting schedule started in December 2020 in Mussorie.
Fact Check: False
Has there been an attack on a Muslim man? Was it influenced by the movie?
A clip of a woman repeatedly assaulting a Muslim man on a train, forcing him to fall at her feet and even threatening to kill him has been shared on Facebook, claiming the incident was influenced by The Kashmir Files†
A reverse image search proved otherwise. Our research led us to a report about the incident by The wire† It was dated October 19, 2021 — five months before the movie hit the screens. According to the report, the man was assaulted for allegedly pushing the woman while she was driving through the bus. The woman was identified as Madhu Sharma, a Hindutva leader with ties to controversial seer Yati Narsinghanand, who was recently arrested for making a vitriolic speech against Muslims. s at a religious conclave in Haridwar (he has since been released on bail).
Fact Check: Misleading
Morphed placard used to greet movie
An image of a man seemingly holding up a sign that reads: “Kashmir Files is not a movie. It’s a wake-up call for Hindus,” is doing the rounds on social media. The image also appears to have been taken somewhere outside India .
Using a combination of reverse image and keyword search, we found that the placard had been altered. The original photo had this statement: “Stop using group photos for your dating profile.”
The person in the picture is Seth Phillips, whose idea of holding up cardboard signs with punchy comments on a wide variety of contemporary issues struck a chord with the US public. He was also profiled by Forbes†
He regularly posts images of his unique form of protest on his Instagram account, called guy with sign†
Fact Check: manipulated content