The Kashmir Files represents Bollywood’s new genre of “propaganda art”

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The exodus of Kashmiri Pandits happened under the watch of the VP Singh government, which was backed by the BJP. It was supported by Victoria Schofield, in her book Kashmir in conflictthat the repressive policy of the government, encouraged by the BJP, was one of the causes of the situation reaching the point of no return.

The VM Tarkunde justice committee, which visited the valley in March 1990 immediately after the exodus, found no enmity between Hindus and Muslims.

Other observers, notably Tavleen Singh, have also found that Hindus were in no danger from Muslim neighbors.

A report in Asia watch found the role of government, especially that of the then governor, Jagmohan, in encouraging and even organizing the exodus of Pandits from Kashmir.

Former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah made the same allegation.

Jammu and Kashmir’s senior bureaucrat, its then Chief Secretary Ashok Jaitley also confirmed Jagmohan’s role. He said: “What Jagmohan achieved in five months, they (activists) could not have achieved in five years. (Victoria Schofield, Kashmir in conflictpage 154).

The Tarkunde committee also mentions that some Hindus left their house keys with their Muslim neighbors before leaving, which they would not have done if they had not had good relations with them.

So why does this film arouse so much anger against Muslims?

Bollywood films have rarely reached high standards. Still, one yearns for films from the “conspiracy age” of congressional rule, like Amar Akbar Anthony, in which three stranded children of a driver are raised by a Muslim, a Christian priest and a Hindu policeman. Films like these were Bollywood’s attempt to promote the elusive communal harmony that has not always prevailed in India.

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