Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Senain Kheshgi and Geeta V. Patel, directors of "Project Kashmir," explore the conflict in one of the most beautiful and dangerous places on earth. They’re joined by Aarti Tikoo Singh, a journalist who worked in Jammu and Kashmir for seven years with The Times of India whose family was forced to leave Kashmir in the 1990s.

Senain Kheshgi and Geeta V. Patel are two American friends from opposite sides of the divide in Kashmir—one is Pakistani Muslim and the other Indian Hindu. Their film looks at how countries and communities deeply divided by conflict can begin making peace. "Project Kashmir" premieres on the PBS series Independent Lens on Tuesday, May 18, at 10:00 pm.


Senain Kheshgi, Geeta V. Patel and Aarti Tikoo Singh

Comments [8]

Nikhil from CA

Let the film makers visit Pakistan Occupied Kashmir next - a place lost from the discussion; courtesy Pakistan.

Jul. 22 2010 03:44 AM
Arun Patel from California

There wont be any peace in Kashmir until all those terrorists are killed or pack them to Pakistan! India needs only less than an hour to do it...but India tries to do everything democratically.

May. 18 2010 03:14 PM
sp from cnj

At the onset of India's independence in 1947, on India's side there were more then 450 Princely States. Most, Princely states, were convinced to join Indian Union.
There were 3 state which refused/not ready to join the Union. Junagadh, (now in Gujarat), Hyderabad (some of it, now Andhra Pradesh) and Kashmir.

Junagadh and Hyderabad were solved, with some arm twisting and threat of using power. Btw, Mohammad Ali Jinnah's (Pakistan's first PM) father was secretary to Junagadh's Prince. Hyderabad was richest and largest Princely state, ruled by Nizams. After joining with India, Nizams left India along with their enormous wealth.

As far Kashmir goes, India's Deputy PM-Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel- who almost single handedly unite all Princely states, was working on Kashmir to join Indian Union. But PM J Nehru, took that portfolio overnight from him, don't what were the explanations. Its since then, Kashmir is still an issue. And, yes one more thing, Nehru family still rules India, rest of Prominent families are all gone from Political stage.

It almost feels like Nehru wanted this issue-Kashmir- alive, you make your judgment.

May. 18 2010 01:08 PM

What if the shoe was on the other foot. Meaning lets say there was an area under Pakistani control that was majority Hindu? Would the Pakistani's have allowed elections etc.. in those provinces. Would they treat the Hindus properly?

May. 18 2010 12:55 PM

I blame Nehru. He had an opportunity to take the whole thing during the first war. Instead he deferred to the UN.

May. 18 2010 12:52 PM

Plus isn't Kashmir part of Hinduism's history? Weren't most of the great thinkers and stories in Hinduism are based in that region?

May. 18 2010 12:47 PM

What kind of Hindu is Ms. Patel? Is she one of these secular types who has a double standard when it comes to Hindu Muslim violence? Meaning sympathy for Muslims and condemnation of Hindus?

What I want to be sure of that this isn't balanced in name only. I.E. Joe Lieberman (Dem) and David Frum (Rep) views on Israel.

Does this movie address the plight of the Kashmiri pandits that were forced out of their homes and were put in refugee camps in Delhi. I.e. refugees in their own country?

And what I mean by secular is not the type of secularlism that is practiced in the USA. I wish India practiced that brand of secularism. In India Muslims are given special rights. For example a Hindu temple board has to have representatives of other religions. That rule does not apply to Mosques, Churches etc.

Does she think that any actions done by Hindu groups to give an accurate accounting of history or to give Hindus a sense of pride in their culture as "communal?"

May. 18 2010 12:33 PM
sumukha from Short Hills, NJ

This is such an important topic. instead of trying to solve the Palestinian/Israel problem, we should concentrate on the Kashmir conflict. It might not be the mother of all problems we have with Pakistan, it certainly is very close to it, (probably father/sister/brother).

May. 18 2010 12:12 PM

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