Bengaluru: When the movie Shikara was announced, every Kashmiri Pandit thought that their horrible tales of subjugation, mortification and barbaric killing would be told to the entire world. 

But as the movie released, it turned out to be an endeavour to secularise their killings. 

As this harsh and bitter truth came to light, a Hindu took on Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the director. But instead of answering her in a satisfactory manner, he resorted to sophistry, saying “there are two sides to truth.” 


Not just this woman, Twitter burst into an acrimonious mood, some even calling it “romanticisation of murder”. 


Some even alleged that it hid the reality which happened on January 19, 1990. 


Some even went to the extent of saying that the Indian police were being blamed. 


Data from the Indian government reveal that as many as 62000 families have registered themselves as refugees from Kashmir. These families also have Sikhs and Muslims among them. The data add that most families were resettled in Jammu, National Capital Region surrounding Delhi and other neighbouring states.
The attacks:
14 September 1989: A lawyer and BJP member Pandit Tika Lal Taploo murdered by JKLF at his home in Srinagar.
       A little later, Nilkanth Ganjoo, a judge of Srinagar High court who had sentenced Maqbul Bhat to death, shot dead.
December 1989: JKLF kidnaps Dr Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of the then Union Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed demanding release of five militants. The demand was met.  
4 January 1990: Srinagar-based newspaper Aftab releases a message, threatening all Hindus to leave Kashmir immediately, sourcing it to the militant organization Hizbul Mujahideen.
14 April 1990: Another Srinagar-based newspaper named Al-safa republishes the same warning.
Apart from all these, there were reports that messages were posted on walls asking people to follow Islamic rules (dress code, prohibition on alcohol and cinemas). They were also forced to change their time to Pakistan Standard Time.
A few properties were painted green as a sign of Islamic rule. Shops, factories and temples were set fire to. A rabid call was also given to purge Kashmir of hits Kashmiri pundits.