Denying a genocide amounts to abetting and enabling the next genocide.
It is shocking to see many political and non-political personalities openly denying the Hindu genocide of Kashmir valley in late 1980s and early 1990s that resulted in mass exodus of Hindus, especially Kashmiri pundits, from the valley.
Denying a genocide amounts to subtly aiding and abetting the next genocide. And if not made a punishable crime, at least the denier should be subjected to open naming and shaming by the society and the people at large.
Those who are downplaying the horrors of Kashmir genocide by hemming and hawing inanities are actually scoundrels of the first order and should be treated as such.
The Kashmir Files is only a film and cannot go beyond the limits of a creative medium.
In fact, any film cannot recreate real horrors of a genocide suffered by a community.
A Schindler’s List cannot recreate the full horrors of the holocaust, irrespective of the genius of a Steven Spielberg.
And you cannot argue that Schindler’s List is full of lies just because it did not show how some fascists or Christians were also killed by Hitler’s forces.
Imagine someone openly denying that the holocaust took place. No one in the world will tolerate such affront of denying the horrors of the holocaust and rightly so.
However, when it comes to Hindu genocides, yes there have been hundreds of documented and proven genocides of Hindus throughout last several centuries, anyone is allowed to not only openly deny those, but also mock and humiliate the victim community.
Sadly, even the victim community, the Hindus themselves, is in the habit of ignoring such open humiliation and denial thanks to centuries of mass torture and subjugation that they have been subjected to and a peculiar blind spot to the cruelty of persecutors that they have developed within their psyche.
Imagine a Hindu sending his child to a school named after a certain Xavier. And then imagine a jew sending his child to a school named after a certain Adolf Hitler.
Why only Hindus have this peculiar blind spot to their own persecutors is an apt subject for serious scientific and sociological study.
No other community has such a large number of apologists of massacres and genocides perpetrated on their own community as Hindus have.
Ignoring a painful situation you are in, or erasing its memories, may be a part of mass survival tactic, but it has never helped Hindus avoid the next massacre or genocide.
A Noakhali riot is always followed by a Direct Action Day.
The list of Hindu genocides is too big to ignore.
It is painful to hear an Omar Abdullah claiming that facts shown in The Kashmir Files are false.
Similarly, it is shocking to see others trying to justify a Hindu genocide by adding a caveat that Muslims have also suffered in the valley and that many muslims were also killed by the terrorists.
Yes, scores of muslims were also killed. But none was killed for his religion. They were killed by terrorists because they were not seen as muslim enough or were thought to be friendly to Indian state or were viewed as roadblocks to the goals of creating an Islamic caliphate.
No one can deny that scores of innocent Muslim youths too must have been wrongly incarcerated or killed in the anti-terror operations of security forces. Scores must have been caught in the crossfires between terrorists and security forces.
Does the suffering of Muslim youths deserve a movie?
Yes, not one, but several.
And indeed there have been a couple of movies already made on their sufferings – from Shikara to Haidar – by the mainstream Bollywood.
But to insist that The Kashmir Files shows wrong facts and is mere propaganda just because it focuses on Hindu genocide is completely mischievous.
It is acceptable in Indian intelligentsia to underplay, understate and subtly ignore any suffering of the Hindu community, just because it is seen as a majority.
The stark fact that a numerical minority can indeed be more dominant than the majority and more prone to adopting violent methods is subtly ignored.
Which community was majority in Noakhali and Moplah? And which community was massacred?
We do have a bloody history and a lot to do to ensure that history is not repeated.
But the first task must be to bring out the real history, acknowledge past mistakes, apologise for things wrongly done and things not done rightly and then move ahead.
We cannot be prisoners of history. But, we can also not move ahead by denying or distorting history.
Hindu genocides and persecutions are stark facts in our history. A truth commission is needed to document those and recommend ways for wider reconciliation.
Denial is no way to reconcile communities.