Controversial Indian On Kashmir That Was Praised By Modi Banned In Singapore
The controversial Indian film linked to the exodus of Hindus from Muslim-majority Kashmir has been banned in Singapore. Authorities cited their concerns over the film’s “potential to cause enmity between different communities” while announcing the ban.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had praised the film, called “The Kashmir Files.” His followers in the right-wing Hindu nationalist party BJP had taken to social media in their millions to shower praises on the film. This has made the film at the Indian box office. Critics have, however, argued that there are a lot of facts that are loose and are alleged to be fanning anti-Muslim sentiment.
“The film will be refused classification for its provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and the depictions of Hindus being persecuted in the ongoing conflict in Kashmir,” the Singapore government said on Monday in response to media queries.
“These representations can cause enmity between different communities and disrupt social cohesion and religious harmony in our multi-racial and multi-religious society,” the statement added.
Most of Singapore’s 5.5 million residents are ethnic Chinese, Malays, and Indians. Any attempt to disturb inter-racial and religious harmony is punishable under the Southeast Asian city-harsh state’s regulations.
After a violent rebellion against Indian sovereignty began in Kashmir in 1989, hundreds of thousands of people fled, many of them Hindus.
Supporters of the 170-minute Hindi-language film claim it sheds insight on an often-overlooked chapter of Kashmir’s history. At the same time, detractors believe it demonstrates Modi’s growing religious polarisation since taking office in 2014.