After PM Modi praises ‘The Kashmir Files’, Shiv Sena targets BJP for ‘cashing on fake narrative’

MUMBAI — A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised ‘The Kashmir Files’, a film based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley in the 1990s, Shiv Sena on Wednesday targeted the BJP for “cashing in on a fake narrative”.

The party, in its mouthpiece ‘Saamna’, also questioned as to why the Congress government was unable to answer that the exodus happened during the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led VP Singh government in the Centre and the then Jammu and Kashmir’s Governor was also close to the party at that time.

PM Modi praised the Vivek Agnihotri directorial for “bringing the truth in its correct form” and said history has to be presented in the right context from time to time while addressing a BJP Parliamentary Party meeting on Tuesday.

“You must have heard the discussion about The Kashmir Files. Those who carry around the flag of freedom of expression, that whole group is rattled for the last few days,” Modi said in his speech.

He also slammed the “campaign to discredit” it. “Instead of assessing the film on the basis of facts and truth, a campaign is on to discredit it. The whole ecosystem opposes anyone who tries to show the truth. They only try to project what they want to see as truth, the conspiracy for the last few days is to ensure that no one sees the truth,” the prime minister said.

The Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi’s starrer ‘The Kashmir Files’ was released last week. The film has been written by Agnihotri and produced by Zee Studios.

After the PM’s remarks, the Congress also targeted the BJP government on Tuesday. The Opposition party accused the Centre of not doing anything for the welfare of Kashmiri Pandits and asked till when “will you take advantage by scratching wounds”? — (Agencies)