CPI(M) Secretary General Sitaram Yechury said on Thursday that the film Kashmir Files was “inflaming” the atmosphere by spreading hatred between the country’s two main communities.
Yechury was talking to reporters in Srinagar at the residence of CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami.
Yechury said the film was made to “generate violence and hatred between the two communities”.
Polarization by the controversial movement was a dangerous trend and such misadventures should not be encouraged by those who run the country.
Without naming Prime Minister Modi who endorsed the Kashmir filings, Yechury said “they” say others are making movies too. But did they let people watch “Parzania” which was based on the Godhra (Gujarat) riots? The government should investigate the role of then Governor Jagmohan in the mass exodus of Pandits from Kashmir.
Yechury said the CPI(M) has always raised its voice for an honorable return and the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits in the valley. But it should be borne in mind that it is not only Pandits but also Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims who have also suffered from terrorism. Several leaders of various parties have also lost their lives in terrorist incidents.
He warned that the BJP’s style of hate politics would have serious repercussions as it has already driven a wedge between various communities. He advocated for a broader secular front to isolate and defeat the BJP.
Yechury demanded a speedy hearing of the petition challenging the repeal of Section 370 in the Supreme Court and until the petition is heard, the government should at least be prevented from making decisions and introducing new laws in Jammu and Kashmir.
“India’s situation is rapidly deteriorating as the constitutional stalwarts are distracted,” he said. “It’s time to save the country and solve people’s daily problems.”
Tarigami said Kashmir is not just a piece of land but a place with a 5,000 year history. The BJP government’s claims about investment, development and job opportunities at J&K are a ‘hoax and not a reality’. J&K’s economy has virtually collapsed and job opportunities are dwindling, he said.
He said the CPI(M) passed a resolution in which different issues facing the people were highlighted. The resolution states that the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir has deteriorated further since the BJP government revoked constitutional autonomy under Article 370 and divided it into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on August 5, 2019.
The resolution states that the Boundaries Commission proposed an arbitrary redrawing of territorial constituencies to favor the ruling party. The CPI(M) and other parties have already asked the Supreme Court to challenge the Reorganization Law, under which the whole demarcation process is underway.