Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that the controversial movie The Kashmir Files glorified violence.
The senior Congress politician made the comments after watching the movie along with several member of the state’s legislative Assembly on Wednesday.
“The movie is showing half truth, but even in that, it is clear that the BJP-supported government at the Centre did nothing to help the Kashmiri Pandits,” Baghel said.
“The movie has no clear message, although enough is being said in the monologues of the main characters… There is only violence or politics done through religion. Terror has no religion,” CM said.
Baghel also said the movie showed the failure of BJP politicians of that time, accusing senior BJP leaders of not taking any action at the time of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir in the early 1990s — which is what Kashmir Files is based on.
He went on to say: “The V P Singh government sat over the issue and didn’t take any action. Jagmohan (Malhotra) ji was the lieutenant governor of the region. Despite announcement of President’s rule, no efforts were made to stop the Pandits from fleeing. In fact, they were encouraged. The government only sent Army to handle the situation after Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi stepped up the protest and gheraoed the Lok Sabha.”
Anupam Kher starrer ‘Kashmir Files’ deals with the story of violence against Kashmiri pandits. Scholars and critics of Hindutva ideology has flagged the film for installing hatred towards Muslims.
The film has been widely endorsed by Hindu nationalist groups. Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the movie was released on 11 March.
The movie has been given tax-free run in BJP run states of Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa and Tripura.
Meanwhile, Genocidal slogans and anti-Muslim chants were raised by Hindutva groups at Kashmir Files screenings across country.