Vivek Agnihotri’s ‘Kashmir Archives’ continues to be the national topic of debate. You can see everyone writing for and against on social media. Bhakle, you must have seen the movie or you are not familiar with the facts related to Kashmir. Whatever is in Kashmir is his place: the people’s own Kashmir is also visible in his perspective. By the way, the film is a first experience for the general public in which they learned about terrorism, the Hindu-Sikh exodus from the valley and many other reasons for becoming refugees in their own country that they have never known before. But there is also a group that is considering the things shown in the movie as propaganda. And thus assuming the media never reported them. These things were never discussed.
Some are even looking at the politics of Sangh, BJP versus others in this and expressing their reactions to it. Arguments are being made to say that things are true or false. Let us know your accountant with the truth and lies related to the situation in Kashmir below.
1. Then there was the VP Singh government in the center with the support of the BJP.
A section of those who rejected The Kashmir Files is shouting that there was a BJP-backed VP Singh government in the Center at the time. But he is not saying that the BJP had external support for him. Those involved in the government were from the left. Nor is it said that within a month of the formation of the government, the Hindus of Kashmir were exiled. Nor is it said that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the Home Secretary in VP Singh’s government, was handling this whole affair. Who had taken all the sources in his hands. There is also silence about where the Mufti would have leaned then. It is also not shared that the BJP withdrew its support in November 1990 due to its negligence on the Kashmir issue and its opposition to the Rath Yatra. And VP Singh had to resign as Prime Minister.
2. Only 399 Kashmiri Pandits were killed
Some of those figures are officially given as that between 1990 and 2000, only 399 Kashmiri Pandits were killed. But non-Muslim Kashmiris believe the numbers are very low. The government gave such figures to the terrorists to moderate the damage and cover up the exploits of the government. Non-Muslim communities in the Valley believe the massacres occurred in the thousands. The governments did not even register them. Farooq Abdullah was the Chief Minister at the time, after the situation worsened he took over. He resigned in opposition to Jagmohan’s appointment as governor. Mufti Mohammad Sayeed of Kashmir was the Home Minister in VP Singh’s government. Non-Muslims in Kashmir genuinely believe that the central government was looking at Kashmir through the eyes of these two people at the time. Both leaders are accused of playing politics from both sides, which is also visible in the film. People also argue that there is no record of how many people died in the refugee camps from trauma, disease, disorder and starvation.
3. Jagmohan responsible for the massacre and exodus of Pandits
This cannot be said at all. The situation in the Valley had worsened in 1990 before Jagmohan was appointed on January 19. Jagmohan was in Jammu at the time the announcement was made to remove non-Muslims from the valley’s mosques by telling them to be kafirs. After the massacre, he did not call on anyone to leave Kashmir. Rather, he had spoken of building a camp in the valley itself. And they were willing to give as much protection as possible. In contrast, Jagmohan was also previously the governor of Jammu and Kashmir and was counted as a strict administrator. During his tenure as governor before ’90, there was no terrorist chaos in the valley as was seen in ’90 and after. He was hired in 1990 when things got out of hand. On the contrary, Jagmohan always opposed the special status given to Kashmir and advocated strict action against terrorists and separatists.
4. Jagmohan was a Sangh and BJP man
At least until the exodus and massacre of the Hindus from Kashmir, it cannot be assumed at all. On the contrary, Jagmohan was among the favorite officers of the Congress. He be close to Indira and Rajiv. He was also close to Vice President Singh. Jagmohan held important positions during the term of the three. He was also made a member of the Rajya Sabha. Later, Jagmohan participated in the elections associated with the BJP and was also a minister in the Vajpayee cabinet. It may be that Jagmohan personally sympathized with the Sangh. But this was never visible until 1990. During this time, he remained among the favorite bureaucrats in Congress.
5. Only the pundits were massacred
The narrative that unfolds about the situation of 90 in the valley is said to be the exodus and massacre of Kashmiri Pandits. This is not the whole truth. In fact, when the situation in the valley became uncontrollable, the terrorists massacred all kinds of non-Muslims. Also included in this were Kashmiri Pandits, Dogras, Sikhs, Dalits and other Hindu, Christian and Buddhist castes. Non-Muslim Kashmiris believe that there was an attempt to turn the persecution of the terrorists into a Pandit versus Muslim narrative, so that due to the strong influence of Mandal politics in that period, other castes of Hindus or people of other religions they do not bind widely. .
6. The Ram Mandir movement was a reaction to the massacre of Hindu-Sikhs in the Valley
This cannot be said at all. Organized riots against non-Muslim communities began to take place in Kashmir from 1984. Terrorism was also spreading. Sporadic incidents were being seen. Several months after the January 19 massacre in Kashmir, BJP leader LK Advani launched the Rath Yatra. Until then, Babri Masjid had not even been demolished. In 1984, terrorism began to spread in the valley, so the BJP was not even established.
7. Pakistani terrorists killed, not the fault of Kashmiri Muslims
Some terrorists openly confessed that they killed dozens of non-Muslims in the valley. Among those who confessed are terrorists such as Yasin Malik, a JKLF leader who later called himself a Gandhian. There may not have been widespread Muslim participation in the massacre, but it is a fact that the massacre was carried out in a very organized and systematic way. An appeal was made to the mosques, not to the Pakistanis who killed people. Non-Muslim neighbors were informed. Even all the employees of the local government and the security apparatus also acted on the instructions of the terrorists. Maybe they did all this out of fear.
8. Massive genocidal reaction to the freedom struggle and military persecution of Kashmiris
This argument cannot be accepted either. If there was a fight for freedom, it would not have been given a religious character, but it would have been tried to associate non-Muslim Kashmiris as well. Nor can the argument of military oppression be accepted. If this were the case, government institutions, security systems would be targeted in response to military harassment. But the terrorists were targeting the military, but not the Jammu and Kashmir police. Freedom was a struggle then for which innocent unarmed publics were made victims.
9. The Hindus fled alone, the government was protecting them
This is not the whole truth. The police in the valley were obeying the orders of the terrorists. In the 1990s such a situation had arisen in which a parallel system of terrorists was developing. From the ration shops to the hospital police personnel, they worked under him. The Hindu Sikhs, including the panditas, had no choice but to flee for their lives in the organized attacks.