July 3, 2022

Assam Leader Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday stated govt staff within the state are “entitled for half-day particular go away” to look at the recently-released film ‘The Kashmir Information’. The movie is in response to the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley within the Nineties.

Taking to Twitter, the Leader Minister wrote: “Happy to announce that our Government staff can be entitled for half-day particular go away to look at #TheKashmirFiles.” “They’ll have to simply tell their awesome officials and put up the tickets tomorrow,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised ‘The Kashmir Files’ for “bringing the truth in its correct form” and said history has to be presented in the right context from time to time.

The prime minister’s ringing endorsement of the film while addressing a BJP Parliamentary Party meeting was echoed by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya among others.

As debate around the movie escalated, the Uttar Pradesh government joined a host of states in declaring the film tax-free.

Slamming the “campaign to discredit” the Vivek Agnihotri directorial by those who claim to be the flagbearers of freedom of expression, Modi said there have been continuous efforts to “bury the truth”.

“They are shocked that the truth that they tried to suppress is now coming out with the backing of facts and efforts,” Modi said about the film at the centre of a political slugfest with the Congress and several other opposition parties objecting to it.

The video of the prime minister’s speech was shared on Twitter by the BJP and several party leaders.

Released last week, “The Kashmir Files” stars Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi. The film has been written by Agnihotri and produced by Zee Studios.

(With PTI inputs)

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Printed on: Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 11:24 PM IST

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