Singapore bans hit Kashmir movie over portrayal of Muslims – Report

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By Asia Samachar | Singapore |

Singapore has banned a controversial Indian movie over its “provocative and one-sided portrayal” of Muslims in Kashmir that officers concern may provoke non secular and ethnic tensions within the city-state, experiences AFP.

Launched in March and one in all India’s highest-grossing movies this 12 months, “The Kashmir Recordsdata” depicts in harrowing element how a number of hundred thousand Hindus fled Muslim militants in Indian-administered Kashmir in 1989 and 1990.

The film has been endorsed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and seized on by Hindu hardliners to fire up hatred in opposition to the nation’s Muslim minority. Critics say it tackles themes near the political agenda of Modi’s Hindu nationalist authorities, which has usually been accused of marginalising and vilifying Muslims, the report added.

The media regulator in Singapore refused to categorise the movie, that means it can’t be screened. The choice was because of the film’s “provocative and one-sided portrayal of Muslims and the depictions of Hindus being persecuted”, the information company quoted unnamed officers as saying in an announcement late Wednesday.

“These representations have the potential to trigger enmity between totally different communities, and disrupt social cohesion and spiritual concord in our multi-racial and multi-religious society.”

Town-state’s inhabitants of 5.5 million are principally ethnic Chinese language nevertheless it additionally has giant communities of ethnic Malay Muslims and ethnic Indian Hindus.

The movie’s director, Vivek Agnihotri, lashed out on the choice, tweeting that Singapore was the “most regressive censor on this planet”.

“A movie on Kashmiri Pandit Refugees. Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, we wish to inform the story of this horrifying occasion to the world,” reads the introduction on the film’s social media pages.

It revolves round a college pupil who learns concerning the dying of his dad and mom within the Nineties in Muslim-majority Kashmir, a disputed area cut up between India and Pakistan since 1947.

Three many years of insurgency within the area — with Pakistan’s backing, in keeping with New Delhi — and a heavy-handed response by the Indian army have killed tens of 1000’s of individuals, principally Muslims. Round 200,000 Kashmiri Hindus — generally known as Pandits — fled after the violence started within the late Nineteen Eighties. As much as 219 could have been killed, in keeping with official figures, the report added.



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