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It is ridiculous that The Kashmir Files debate has become trapped in questions like how many Kashmiri Pandits were killed

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A man walks past a poster of 'The Kashmir Files' outside a cinema in Mumbai (Photo: Reuters)

Shekhar Gupta
What Vivek Agnihotri’s latest film The Kashmir Files wants to convey is correct in essence. There is zero doubt or question that between around November 1989 and May 1990 almost all of the native Hindus from the Kashmir Valley, mostly Kashmiri Pandits, had been brutally forced out by Islamist forces in an Indian equivalent of ethnic cleansing.

Many were killed, beginning with old social activist and advocate Tika Lal Taploo in September 1989. Unattributed advertisements appeared in local Urdu newspapers, asking Hindus to leave. It’s all a reality that should be well known to two generations of Indians.

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First Published: Mar 19 2022 | 9:30 AM IST

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