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Kashmir issue will be solved by millennials: filmmaker Ashvin Kumar

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Mumbai, Mar 19: Director Ashvin Kumar, whose latest film “No Fathers in Kashmir” is a teen romance set in the Valley, believes the Kashmir dispute can only be solved by the educated and employed “young people of today” because they don’t carry the “burden of prejudice”.

The two-time National Award winning filmmaker believes the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF soldiers reflects the fragility of conflict.

“The Kashmir issue will be solved by the young people of today, the millennials, who have gone to schools and colleges and are in jobs, they are in their 20s or 30s because these people are not carrying the trauma of Partition nor are they carrying the burden or prejudice of their parents and grandparents generation,” Kumar told reporters.

 

The director, who has earlier made the documentary “Inshallah, Football” and the Oscar nominated short film “Little Terrorist”, is looking forward to the release of his next project which shows regular life in the conflict ridden Valley.

The film revolves around the love story of two 16 year olds who are searching for their missing fathers.
Kumar said the film, featuring Soni Razdan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Anshuman Jha and Maya Sarao, tries to ask simple questions — what are Kashmiris like? How do they live their lives?

According to the Oscar nominated filmmaker, the Kashmir conflict is not going to be solved be either bureaucrats in New Delhi or separatists in Kashmir.
“It is not going to be solved by the kids who are picking up guns and throwing stones and causing dastardly acts like Pulwama. They are too trapped in their history, they haven’t had the opportunities and choices that other people have in the country,” he added.

His film, which releases April 5, has had a tumultuous journey to the theatres, facing problems in getting a Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) clearance.

It was initially offered an ‘A’ certificate but the makers protested. On March 11, following two hearings in December and January, the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) announced the film fit for U/A certification.

The filmmaker said the off-screen controversy around the film “dragged the spotlight away” from its message.”We live in intolerant troubled times. And both these words joined together is what has caused or forced us to think six times before we say anything… This is the tragedy of our country today.


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Yasin Malik’s detention: SHRC issues notice to CS, Home Sec, DGP

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Srinagar, April 24: State Human Rights commission on Wednesday issued to notice Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner Secretary Home department and DGP police asking to submit the detailed compliance report regarding detention and shifting of Muhammad Yasin Malik to NIA custody.

According to the KNO correspondent the petitioner, Ahsan Untoo, had pleaded before the SHRC that Malik is a political worker and was detained under Public Safety Act and later handed over to National Investigation Agency, calling it ‘illegal’. The notice to government officials was issued by State Human Rights commission chairperson Rtd justice Bilal Nazki.

“The authorities illegally allowed the police authorities to change the custody which is otherwise illegal in nature and handed over custody to NIA,” Untoo had pleaded before the commission. It was reported health conditions got deteriorated with unknown reasons and the family members; friends were not allowed to interact or to get the health information of Malik.

 

Untoo in his petitions said that when Malik’s lawyer met him on April 20, at RML Hospital, he was not able to have a conversation with the lawyer as he was ruthlessly beaten by the NIA authorities, he was rushed to the RML hospital in a very critical condition and since then no one has been allowed to interact with Malik.

“It creates apprehensions in the mind of family members and the general public of the valley that he might have been assassinated by the authorities and in this regard no communication has been made by the concerned authorities regarding the same,” he said in his petition.

Untoo had also pleaded before SHRC that a team be constituted who will receive a firsthand information regarding the wellbeing of Malik, and he be brought before the media so as the apprehensions regarding the assassination of Malik are put to rest.(KNO)

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Vehicle carrying perishable food items be exempted from NH ban: Faesal

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Calling upon the government to at least , exempt vehicles carrying perishable items, vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock from National Highway Traffic ban, President J&K Peoples Movement, Dr. Shah Faesal Wednesday said that the ban is harming small traders the most.

In a statement issued, Dr. Faesal said that restrictions on the movement of vehicles carrying perishable items has put traders to huge loss adding that administration seems to be in deep slumber to pay heed to the pleas of affected people.

“I got a call last night that a vehicle carrying livestock has been stuck on the highway for last two days. There is shortage of fodder and the animals are about to die due to hunger”, Shah Faesal added.

 

He said that not only human beings but even animals are also suffering due to the highway ban. He has forcibly demanded to revoke the draconian measure immediately.

He said ban on movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is totally undemocratic and anti-people which is causing huge inconvenience to all sections of the society including small and marginal traders.

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Rawalpora youth’s death: CCTV shows Umar falling down on a roadside: Police

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday said that questioning was on to ascertain the facts behind the mysterious death of a youth, Umar Bhat of Rawalpora’s Astanpora area.

Umar in his late 20s was found dead on Sunday after he left his home in the morning to attend a function at Tagore hall.

Station House Officer (SHO), Shergari Police station, Aftab Ahmad told The Kashmir Monitor that they were waiting for the postmortem report.

 

He said the CCTV footage available with the Police shows Umar falling on the road near Oxford school, Wanabal.

“It appears that he was under the influence of drugs, it is only an assumption. Only after postmortem report, we would be able to speak on the cause of death,” Aftab maintained.

He said they have recorded the statements of around 4-5 persons in connection with the case.

“His friends, including the one who accompanied him to Star Hospital (in Sanat Nagar), where he was initially brought for treatment, are being questioned,” he said.

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