The row that started with CM Kejriwal’s statement on the movie Kashmir Files has now caught national attention. The events that followed, have got widespread media coverage. Let us look at the timeline of events:
- The Delhi CM in the state assembly said the makers of ‘Kashmir Files’ can upload the movie on YouTube so that everyone can watch it for free.
- The CM also criticized the BJP and PM Modi for using the film for political gains.
- The statement was vehemently criticized by BJP ministers who said that the CM was mocking the Kashmiri Pandits in his assembly.
— NDTV News feed (@ndtvfeed) March 30, 2022
- Since Kejriwal’s video went viral, several social media users have called the Delhi Chief Minister a hypocrite for declaring earlier movies tax-free.
- Kejariwal’s house is attacked on Wednesday,30th March: Members of the BJP youth wing, led by Bengaluru MP Tejasvi Surya, allegedly vandalized property outside the Chief Minister’s residence.
— Economic Times (@EconomicTimes) March 30, 2022
- Two dozen who were protesting men walked up to the gates and knocked down a security barrier in the process.
- On Wednesday, AAP in a tweet released on its official handle claimed that “BJP goons had broken CCTV cameras and security barriers in the presence of Delhi Police.”
- The party said it was a “life-threatening attack” that was “properly planned”.
Delhi CM Kejriwal’s house attacked by ‘BJP goons’ over remarks on ‘The Kashmir Files’ https://t.co/N1ZQV8jLPR
— Hindustan Times (@HindustanTimes) March 30, 2022
- The Delhi Police on Thursday arrested eight persons in connection with the incident.
- “Kejriwal will have to apologize for insulting the Hindus of the country and the BJP’s Yuva Morcha will not spare him until he apologizes,” said Tejasvi Surya over Kejriwal’s remark on the film.
Kashmir Files is directed by Vivek Agnihotri and talks about the plight of Kashmiri Pandits who were forced to leave the valley when Islamic insurgency hit in the 1980s. The movie has turned into a controversy between the BJP and the opposition parties.
The recent series of events point to the decline of Indian democracy as issues get politicized easily. The emergence of social media has made matters only worse!