Fact Check: ‘The Kashmir Files’ and the disinformation surrounding it

Debunks some claims about Kashmiri Pandits and “The Kashmir Files”, a movie based on them

Debunks some claims about Kashmiri Pandits and “The Kashmir Files”, a movie based on them

The Kashmir files, a recent Bollywood film based on the emigration of Kashmiri Pandits in the nineties has provided fodder for various fake and misleading news. Directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri and starring Anupam Kher and Pallavi Joshi, among others, the film has been made tax-free in several states. The debate about militancy in the then state has also resurfaced.

Here are some statements circulating on social media about the film and the so-called repercussions it has created.

Rhode Island officially acknowledged “genocide in Kashmir”?

This is a statement from the director himself. He had tweeted on March 14 that Rhode Island, a state in the United States, Rhode Island, “has officially acknowledged the Kashmir genocide because of a very small film.”

(Here is the archived tweet)

A closer look at the quote he shared would let us know that the word genocide is not mentioned.

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Journalist Raqib Hameed Naik reached out to Brian Patrick Kennedy, State Representative, Rhode Island and published his response. “The quote from the state was to simply acknowledge the premiere of this film,” wrote Mr. Kennedy, adding that “a quote is simply an acknowledgment of a special event. It does NOT have the importance of a resolution approved by the members of this House.”

Fact check: False.

How many Kashmiri Pandits were killed in the valley?

A response from Srinagar’s police headquarters was widely circulated, claiming that only 89 Kashmiri Pandits had been killed since 1990. Similar allegations can be read here, hereand here.

The picture is genuine. Hindi newspaper Dainik Bhaskarpublished an article on RTI. The article mentions that the data was 31 years old, that is, from January 1990. But the first signs of militancy in Kashmir began in 1988 and the first major attack was in September 1989 with the assassination of the prominent Kashmiri Pandit lawyer and BJP leader Tika Lal Taploo . This and several other attacks were not covered in the RTI issue.

To a question posed by then-Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh, the MHA said on December 20, 2017: “According to the report of the state government of Jammu and Kashmir, 174 cases of killing of Kashmiri Pandits by terrorists have been registered by Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir police . “

2010, Hindusreported that Jammu and the Kashmir congregation were informed that 219 Kashmiri Pandits had been killed by militants since 1989, while 24,202 families were among the total of 38,119 families who migrated out of the valley due to turbulence. Shujaat Bukhari, the correspondent who wrote the story, was killed by terrorists in Srinagar on June 14, 2018.

Although there are differences in the numbers mentioned by different agencies, it is certain that more than 89 Pandits and lots of others lost their lives in terror.

Fact check: Misleading

Did BJP leaders collapse after watching the film?

An old image of an emotional LK Advani is circulated with a false statement.

An old image of an emotional LK Advani is circulated with a false statement. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

A video by LK Advani who became emotional during a film screening, and another by Uttar Pradesh’s Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath on tears went viral, claiming it was their reaction after watching The Kashmir Files.

Mr. Advani became emotional after watching a movie about Kashmir, but it was Shikara. The film was released in 2020. Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films, who produced Shikara, had organized a special screening for the veteran leader. His reaction was captured and uploaded to their Instagram page on February 7, 2020. Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the director of the film and Mr. Advani’s daughter Pratibha is also seen in the clip.

Mr Adityanath also became emotional, but the incident occurred in October 2017, during an event honoring martyrs in Gorakhpur.

Fact check: False

Deleted scene for Kashmir files?

A videos by a man wearing a skullcap who speaks against the Indian army and the government of the Union, and their alleged atrocities on Kashmiris are circulated as a deleted clip from the film.

A reverse image search on a screenshot of the person speaking led us to one Youtube video published September 3, 2019. The user has uploaded a Tiktok video on Youtube. We also found one Times of India article dated March 17, 2020, which states that the shooting, which was to begin that week, has been postponed due to covid-19. An article in Tribune mentioned that the first firing schedule began in December 2020 in Mussorie.

Fact check: False

Was there an assault on a Muslim man? Was it influenced by the movie?

A clip of a woman who repeatedly assaults a Muslim man in a train, forces him to fall at her feet and even threatens to kill him, has been shared on Facebook with the claim that the incident was influenced by The Kashmir files.

A reverse image search showed the opposite. Our investigation led us to one Report on the event of The thread. It was dated October 19, 2021 – five months before the film hit the screens. According to the report, the man was beaten for pushing the woman when he passed the bus. The woman was identified as Madhu Sharma, a Hindu leader linked to the controversial seer Yati Narsinghanand, who was recently arrested for making a heated speech against a Muslim. s at a religious conclave in Haridwar (He has since been released on bail).

Fact check: Misleading

Morphed placard used to pay homage to movie

A picture of a man apparently holding up a poster that reads: “Kashmir files in not a movie. It is an alarm clock for Hindus”, makes the rounds on social media.The picture also seems to have been taken somewhere outside India.

Using a combination of reverse image and keyword search, we found that the poster had changed. The original image had this statement: “Stop using group photos for your dating profile.”

The person shown in the picture is Seth Phillips, whose idea of ​​holding up cardboard signs with boring comments on a wide range of contemporary issues struck a chord with the US public. He was also profiled by Forbes.

He regularly posts pictures of his unique form of protest on his Instagram account, the name dudewithsign.

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