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Singapore bans ‘The Kashmir Files’, calls it provocative

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Singapore: Singapore has banned ‘The Kashmir Files’, a film on the subject of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley in the early 1990s that has raked up a lot of controversy.

Authorities assessed the film to be beyond Singapore’s film classification guidelines, according to a joint statement issued by the Infocomm Media Development Authority, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Any material that is denigrating to racial or religious communities will be refused classification in Singapore, the statement said.

“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 in the statement, adding, “These representations have the potential to cause enmity between different communities, and disrupt social cohesion and religious harmony in our multi-racial and multi-religious society.”

With box office collections of Rs 320 crore, including nearly Rs 30 crore from overseas markets, ‘The Kashmir Files’ is one of the top-grossing Hindi films. Released in March, and given tax exemption by several BJP ruled states, the film has received praise from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has been urging people to watch it. Many BJP leaders also say the film shows the truth about the massive exodus. However, many critics have slammed the film alleging it is inflaming hatred against Muslims.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor shared the Singapore government statement, and wrote on Twitter, “Film promoted by India’s ruling party, Kashmir Files, banned in Singapore.”

 

 

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