Inshallah Kashmir - Living Terror
Preview - the first 7 minutes
Ashvin Kumar has produced a compelling new documentary about Kashmir. He warns:
"This is a compilation of live interviews. The statements of the interviewee are completely their own. The explicit nature of the content may affect the viewer’s sensibility and therefore viewer discretion is advised."
"Burn your Bollywood Movies
Come to Kashmir
Walk through our cities
The bridges. The ruins.
Look at what we eat. Look at our buildings.
Our shrines. Our architecture. Our speech.
Speak to us. See how we live."
- Nitasha Kaul
Ashvin Kumar's previous film about Kashmir, Inshallah, Football was initially refused a certificate by India's censors. This time he's chosen to bypass the censors. On India's Republic Day - 26 January - he uploaded his film straight to the to the internet. The film was available to everyone for a week or so. You can still watch a preview.
Comments posted online about Inshallah Kashmir repeated, again and again, "this is only one side of the story." You might suppose that there is mountain of a convincing evidence to show that all the accounts of torture and murder by Indian forces in Kashmir are fabricated. There is no such evidence. The critics only mean that people have suffered at the hands of Kashmiri militants, as well as at the hands of the Indian state. That's certainly another story. But it isn't the other side to this story. This story - the story of a people subjected to torture and murder by the Indian state - has just one side. The film show a small part of it.
Inshallah Kashmir suggests that torture and murder aren't acceptable instruments of administration. Apparently that's controversial. The film doesn't quite say that Kashmiris are entitled to collectively determine the whole of their future, without pre-conditions. To say that in India is something more than controversial. Writer Arundhati Roy said something like that at the Azaadi Conference in Delhi in October 2010. She also reminded people of the unmentionable fact that "Kashmir has never been an integral part of India." A crowd of BJP protestors turned up at her home afterwards and she was threatened with prosecution for sedition.
Inshallah Kashmir's a great film. Watch it. And listen to Arundhati Roy speaking in Srinagar, Kashmir, a few days after her controversial Delhi speech.