New Delhi, Jan 4 | A short film on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits has been winning praise ever since it was posted on YouTube a while back.
“The Need: Exodus & Exile” is a 23-minute film that revolves around Kashmiri Pandits and how they were forced to leave their homes on being targeted by Islamist militant groups in the nineties. The film is succinct in the way it explores the dilemma of identity among the Kashmiri Pandits, owing to the community’s plight.
The film is directed by Kashmiri Pandit brothers Rakesh Roshan Bhat and Rohit Bhat and has been doing the rounds of various film festivals. Reportedly, the movie won the best story award at Kalaburagi International Film Festival, Karnataka, and was a semifinalist at Kaaryat International Film Festival of India (KIFFI), Jaipur.
The movie, which is available on YouTube, features Kusum Tickoo, Sapna Soni and Jatinder Jotshi.
Lately, Bollywood has been showing a lot of interest in the subject of Kashmiri Pandits and the tragedy they suffered in the nineties.
Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra is coming up with “Shikara”, which is based on the Kashmiri Pandit exodus from the Valley in 1990. Vivek Agnihotri’s “The Kashmir Files” also addresses the same subject.
Bangalore, April 02, 2020 : The nationwide lockdown to combat Coronavirus outbreak in the country has led to severe difficulties for the poor and homeless people. In an effort to help the needy, Greenwood High International School, has come forward to do their bit to the cause. The school have undertaken the initiative to prepare food for 300 underprivileged families every day and distribute in and around Sarjapur area with the help of Sarjapur police station. This would be a continuous support from the school authority towards the needy people until the lockdown ends. While distributing the food, the school authority also followed the social distancing norms and ensured that necessary precautionary measures like masks and gloves were used in the entire process to provide clean and hygienic food to the people.
Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High said: “As much as we believe in inculcating the values of benevolence and philanthropy among our students, we practise these ourselves too. Greenwood High has always been compassionate to help those in need and we continue to do so. We are mindful of contributing to the society in multiple ways and are proud to leverage our sources towards such an important cause. Several NGOs, individuals and businesses are pitching in to help the citizens and government through various initiatives with the hope that humanity would survive these dreadful times of coronavirus onslaught. We believe that only by active collaboration between all the members of the society, we will be able to overcome the impact of this pandemic.”