Ashvin Kumar, executive of No Fathers in Kashmir, says it shows the predicament of families and individuals in Britain must not disregard their misery

Vivek Chaudhary

Sat 18 Jan 2020 15.05 GMTLast adjusted on Sun 19 Jan 2020 14.25 GMT



Zara La Peta Webb, left, as Noor and Shivam Raina as Majid in No Fathers in Kashmir.

Zara La Peta Webb, left, as Noor and Shivam Raina as Majid in No Fathers in Kashmir. Photo: Alipur Films

A questionable film featuring “vanishings” in Kashmir that debuts in Britain this week has prompted fears of uplifted pressure between the nation’s Indian and Pakistani people group.

No Fathers in Kashmir recounts to the tale of a British-Kashmiri high school young lady who goes to the Indian Himalayan state to look for her dad, just to find that he “vanished” and was then murdered in the wake of being removed by Indian officers for cross examination.

The film is set against the background of the proceeding with strife in Indian-regulated Kashmir and strikingly addresses the hostile issue of human rights infringement that are claimed to have been submitted by security powers as they fight to stifle a well known uprising that has seethed for as far back as 30 years.


As indicated by human rights campaigners, an expected 8,000 individuals have “vanished” during this time.

The film, halfway supported by a gathering of British Kashmiris, opens in Bradford followed by screenings in London and different urban areas where there is a considerable South Asian populace.

A year ago, Kashmir detonated into recharged strife after the Indian government denied its extraordinary status and set it in lockdown. Known as Article 370, the move stripped away the self-rule Kashmir had been conceded in return for joining the Indian association after autonomy in 1947. Another piece of the state stayed inside Pakistan. The two nations guarantee it as their own.

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The move incited outrage in Britain and fights outside the Indian High Commission, which brought about savagery, vandalism and a few captures. Exhibits were additionally held in different urban communities, including Birmingham and Manchester.

Of the 1.1 million British Pakistanis, more than one million start from the piece of Kashmir represented by Pakistan. While there are no official figures for the quantity of Indian Kashmiris in Britain, the general British Indian people group numbers practically 1.4 million individuals, and backing for India’s position is solid among certain segments of that network.

Sabir Gull, a senior individual from the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, which was established in Birmingham in 1977 and crusades for the state’s freedom, stated: “We don’t need this film to make more issues yet there’s no escaping from the way that it unquestionably could – yet that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be appeared.

“Kashmir is a delicate issue for both British Indian and Pakistani people group. Causing to notice human rights infringement through film or some other medium is giving the persecuted a voice. Vanishings and different violations that have been submitted against the Kashmiri individuals won’t leave in the event that we cover our heads in the sand. By the day’s end, we are for the most part British however we can’t disregard what’s happening.”

Kuldeep Shekhawat, leader of the UK part of the Overseas Friends of the BJP, which underpins India’s overseeing gathering and plans to build its prominence among British Indians, stated: “This film doesn’t fill any need. It will simply arouse antagonistic vibe and pressure. Things were troublesome enough a year ago between the two networks however have quieted down a ton from that point forward. On the off chance that Kashmir is an issue, at that point it is among India and Pakistan. We are for the most part British here, so for what reason would it be a good idea for us to get so fixated on Kashmir?


“This film won’t help network relations. India is a popular government and has a successful legitimate framework, so if there are any human rights infringement they are tended to through these channels.”

No Fathers in Kashmir was discharged in India a year ago after a year-long fight with the nation’s leading body of edits, which demanded that specific parts be cut and that the film additionally contain various disclaimers.

In the wake of holding fast to the requests, executive Ashvin Kumar then needed to procure legal counselors to challenge the film’s underlying grown-up accreditation, which would have kept it from being appeared on Indian TV. English screenings show the unedited rendition of the film.

Kumar stated: “Vanishings and other human rights infringement are wilfully being overlooked by Indian culture and the media. There’s a refusal in the nation and it’s dismal this likewise is by all accounts the case among segments of the Indian diaspora in Britain.

“Indian military carry on with all out exemption in Kashmir. The results of the vanishings are wrecking for families and there’s all out detachment towards their predicament, which has been proceeding for as far back as 30 years.”

He included: “My film is attempting to improve things through sympathy and mankind. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you don’t talk about what’s up, you won’t improve things. The arrangement is to discuss the violations that have been submitted against the Kashmiri individuals – without a doubt, nobody in Britain is recommending that we ought not do this since it might agitate a couple of individuals?”

Kumar has made two different movies about Kashmir; Inshallah Football and Inshallah Kashmir, which both won national honors in India. He was additionally assigned for an Oscar for a 2005 short movie that he coordinated. He will be participating in various Q&A sessions during the screenings of No Fathers in Kashmir.


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