After Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Sharad Pawar said a movie like The Kashmir Files should not have been cleared for screening, director Vivek Agnihotri expressed surprise and said he did not know what was up with the veteran politician. Agnihotri said his wife Pallavi Joshi and he had met Pawar and his wife on a flight a few days ago where they were congratulated and blessed by the Pawar couple.
“Don’t know what happened to him in front of media. Despite blatant hypocrisy, I respect him,” Agnihotri said.
Pawar had made the remarks while addressing a convention of the minorities department of NCP Delhi unit. Pawar said that instead of instigating Pandits against minorities, the govt should strive for their rehabilitation. The NCP chief added that Pakistan-based terror groups were responsible for attacks on the Hindus of Kashmir.
Such a film should not have been cleared for screening. But it is given tax concessions and those responsible for keeping the country united are encouraging people to watch the film that stokes anger among people,” Sharad Pawar said, addressing a convention of the minorities department of the Delhi unit of his party.
Pawar said if the Narendra Modi government really cared about Kashmiri Pandits, it should strive for their rehabilitation instead of instigating them against minorities, Pakistan-based terror groups were responsible for the attacks on Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims, he added. Pawar said when Kashmiri Pandits had to leave the Valley, VP Singh was the prime minister and Jawaharlal Nehru’s name has been dragged into the debate for no reason. Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah had quit following differences with Jagmohan and it was the governor who facilitated the departure of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley, Pawar said.
Pawar also slammed the BJP for targeting Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over his remarks on The Kashmir Files. “Political agitations are welcome, but Kejriwal was criticised for speaking up for minorities. The BJP is taking the country on a different path. It is destroying the unity of the country,” Pawar said.
Since its release, The Kashmir Files has troubled the leftist-Islamist cabal, as it’s the first feature film that dared to speak the truth behind the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the valley. Almost all political leaders have had their share of the controversy with what they think about the movie.