Amid the film, The Kashmir Files, receiving rave reviews from the victims of Hindu genocide and the larger community, videos and pictures of separatist-terrorist group Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik went viral recently where automobile market major Mahindra & Mahindra’s chairman Anand Mahindra, Arundhati Rai and then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are seen welcoming him in separate events.
Mahindra is seen personally welcoming Yasin Malik in his speech in one of the videos. The event was organised by the magazine India Today. “Yasin Malik is the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front. His faction is a secular, separatist movement, which advocates a united Kashmir independent of both India and Pakistan,” Mahindra is heard introducing the former terrorist without an iota of discomfiture in his speech.
“Malik came into prominence as a militant in the JKLF and underwent training in Pakistan-based camps. He later surrendered and turned to a peaceful mode of protest. The JKLF was originally a militant organisation, but since 1995, it has renounced all violence and called for strictly peaceful methods to achieve its ends,” Mahindra continues.
“Yasin Malik is also a strong advocate for the right of return of Hindu Kashmiri Pandits who have been forced to leave the state,” the head of Mahindra and Mahindra says.
“Clearly, his selection on this panel was somewhat of a controversy, as we all heard from the brouhaha in the beginning. I think Arun (Pourie, head of the India Today group), I respect your decision to make this conclave a venue where all voices can be heard because I think the art of democracy is one of conversation. Yasin!” Mahindra calls the former terrorist to the stage.
Twitter user @UshaNirmala tweeted this video and called it “shameful”. She wrote, “How shameful, Anand Mahindra ji. JKLF with Yasin Malik was allegedly involved in the KP (Kashmiri Pandits) massacre.”
Twitter user Anshul Saxena wrote, “In 2008, separatist Yasin Malik was invited to the India Today Conclave. India Today said that Yasin Malik was a vocal supporter of the return of Kashmiri Hindus. However, in the year 2015, Yasin Malik opposed the setting up of enclaves for Kashmiri Pandits and in 2017 attacked the India Today journalist.”
Kashmiri Hindu journalist Aditya Raj Kaul tweeted the interview of Yasin Malik given to the British media house BBC. He wrote, “Terrorist Yasin Malik of JKLF confessed on BBC that he killed Kashmiri Hindu Justice Neelkanth Ganjoo. He confessed to killing 4 unarmed Indian Air Force men. Watch this video as he laughs and dares India. Share.”
Kaul tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his first tweet and also Home Minister Amit Shah to the second where he posed three questions:
“Watch terrorist Yasin Malik laugh away and admit to killing four unarmed Indian Air Force men in Kashmir. Why has (the) Government of India failed to begin (a) trial against him and send him to the gallows? Who has been helping Yasin Malik escape all these years?” Kaul asked.
Twitter user Meghna Girish wrote, “#YasinMalik
Killed Justice Neelkanth Ganju 1989
Kidnapped Rubaiya Sayeed 1989
Killed 4 IAF men & 2 women & wounded 40 1990
Sent to Pakistan ‘peace talks’ 2005
Invited to tea with PM 2006
Boasted about all above BBC 2017
Still ‘Under Trial’ 2022
Twitter handle Bhavik Ila Trivedi wrote, “IAF Officer Ravi Khanna killed by Yasin Malik (in red circle) in 1990, For thirty years, Ravi Khanna’s wife yearned for justice, two years ago in 2020 Yasin Malik (in red circle) was jailed.”
Asvina Bhatt tweeted, “Yasin Malik, Bitta Karatay-JKLF commanders instrumental in killing Kashmiri Pandits in 1990. Triggered exodus en masse. They are alive. Not prosecuted till now. The Kashmir Files movie is telling this naked truth which amounts to genocide.”
Twitter handle @vijaysbo wrote, “#TheKashmirFiles a true History and seeTerrorist Yasin Malik with the then PM Dr Manmohan Singh, Arundhati Roy (author and ‘activist’), Farooq Abdullah (ex-Kashmir CM) and Hafeez Saeed (terrorist)… People should know and save India. Jai Hind”
The Kashmir Files, made on the atrocities on Kashmiri Hindus in the 1990s, is the first honest attempt by anyone from the film industry to tell the truth of Kashmir of the period 1990-92. The film has been a national issue ever since its release on 11 March.
Social media users are protesting against the response of media, intellectuals and the elite for trying to discredit the film.
But Prime Minister Narendra Modi has endorsed the film, slamming at the same time the fake flagbearers of freedom of expression. The prime minister condemned the “ecosystem” that was trying to suppress the truth of Kashmir.