Former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday, March 22, said that by making the Vivek Agnihotri directorial — ‘The Kashmir Files’ — tax-free, the BJP-led government wanted to push hatred into people’s hearts.
“They want to further penetrate people’s hearts with hatred. They are saying that every policeman and soldier…everybody should see this movie so that they hate us to the extreme, as was in the Germany that Hitler and Goebles created. Six million Jews had to pay the price then. How many will have to pay the price in India, I don’t know,” Abdullah said.
He slammed the movie as being a propaganda platform. “It is a propaganda movie. It has raked up a tragedy that affected every soul of the state, Hindus and Muslims alike. My heart still bleeds over the tragedy. There was an element of political parties that were interested in ethnic cleansing,” he said.
Farooq Abdullah said a truth commission of some kind should be put in place to investigate not just what happened to the Kashmiri Pandits but also to the Sikhs and the Muslims in Kashmir in the 1990s. “My MLAs, my workers, my ministers we had to pick their meat [flesh] from tree-tops. That was the situation,” he said.