[ blog life 3 ]

Sanjay Kak writes in to say:

The purpose of this blog–and that of the film Jashn-e-Azadi–is to begin a real, considered and thoughtful conversation about all that makes up contemporary Kashmir (our LINKS and KEYWORDS are a testimony to that). But the nature of the abuse, invective and threat that this blog seems to be receiving recently is obviously “flaming”, intended to derail and gag this conversation. My suggestion to people who are really interested in discussing substantive issues is that we ignore the noise.
And for a start, perhaps we can turn to the poet Piarey ‘Hatash’ who says…
Kas kharav taem gatkaruk rah
Dum phut gae, vaeh, bahanae rov
Tsengis gath dith zajaov paan
Patay gatt zool gav, parvanaye rov

Who for that darkness do we blame?
Stifled, alas, that reason is lost
Fluttering around the lamp, burnt ourselves
Darkness fell, the moth is lost


8 Responses to “[ blog life 3 ]”

  1. 1 Aslam March 2, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    I being a Kashmiri Muslim, know what is the truth, we all know the truth. Wht try to hide it. My father personally had many KP frineds and they hepled up whenever needed. It is ture that Kashmiriyat has been ruined in the wake of terrorism. Let us wake before it is too late and that goes for you also. Dont mislead.


  2. 2 Aditya March 2, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    Exactly ! Sanjay Kak, don’t think that with the increase of hits on this blog and so many comments, your fake movie will also get appreciation. Nothing positive is happening..

    I don’t understand in which world are you living ? Plz correct your facts…Don’t do all this just for the sake of some money and PR.

    Have you ever thought about your own Kashmiri Pandit community ? Just answer this simple question …

    However,Will see you on 13th, as I said before, BE PREPARED…to face us…



  3. 3 Nishant Dudha March 3, 2007 at 5:07 am

    Dear Sanjay ,
    I think you are right, your attempts at bringing the picture in front of all as you see it is getting screwed up in unecessary flame wars. I do not think people can write anything about your movie without seeing it, but i guess thats the downside of democracy coupled with the kind of snapshots that you have put up in the publicity blitz for it.

    I do not know if it will be possible for me to be there for the screening, but I am hoping that your movie captures the real events in a unbiased and non-partisan manner.

    Some of the previous posts here talk about opression of classes and other bull shit like that, and I am hoping that your research is based on concrete facts and not propaganda of neither the Indian Army nor the Muslim Hate Mongers, and the plight of all the communities in this colossal human tragedy is captured.

    I think, on a personal note, this is an Acid test of your abilities and probably a good chance for you to convince the jury out there that your previous accolades are not all flukes.

  4. 4 Shoga March 4, 2007 at 7:22 am

    Keep on going Sanjay, Never mind the brickbats, keep up the good fight. We are going to win. Truth and justice will prevail. No matter what these loud mouths have to say; notwithstanding their efforts to make these words sound old fashioned; notwithstanding the ten percent growth rates and the bulldozers that come with it; notwithstanding the newly acquired superpower attitudes that come with such illusions; notwithstanding the newly acquired silicon valley dollars which lubricate the hate machines that carry out genocide in Gujarat and cause misery in Kashmir.

    Carry on the good work Sanjay. Never mind what the kid anchors say every night on the television or what the over zealous followers and illusionary stakeholders of consumerist fundamentalism in their pin striped business suits might scream on the blogs. The children of strategic relationships, as they are this are what they have been brought up on.

    May somebody remind them that in the obscure east….. “far east”…. as they prefer to call it…is a place called Ho Chi Minh city.

  5. 5 sunny deol March 4, 2007 at 8:10 am

    Dear Pandit brothers and sisters and dear Muslim brothers and sisters, I have read each one of your comments and ideas as what happened in Kashmir with pandits and Muslims, well at the time of exodus migration I was not in Kashmir nor my parents ALLOWED ME TO COME BACK due to situation, however I could always see that horror of 1990 January which was in my parents eyes, as how they where terrorized with the messages and letters and slogans shouted from local mosques in Habba kadal area, if you young generation want to know what make us leave valley was only the threats from our own humsayas when they categorically told us that when we are not safe how can we protect you, this was the indication that we must protect our respect and ladies by only two ways, either we should leave the valley or commit suicide, let me tell you gujmohan did not come to my house and ask me to leave the valley it was radical Muslims who came to my house in the mid night and ask for my elder brother, my mother did not let them come in side the house and it was only when they pointed the gun on my mother and thronged in our house and search every room and came empty handed out of the house and our brothers was labeled my them as CID and RSS agent, that was the common story from every radical Muslim, like wise you have mentioned that your uncle was killed because he was working with CID what wrong has he done he was working as a public servant, had he been helping militants then he would have been alive by now, this is what the young Kashmir Muslims must understand that it was a Pakistani policy to destroy the respect of Kashmir peoples and to take revenge of Jinah, but unfortunately Muslims came in the trap and destroyed the whole kashmiriyat, I personally believe we still have some time left to destroy the evil polices of Pakistan and bring back the old glory to valley, but that is not possible unless and until the Kashmir pandits are not brought back with honor and dignity.

  6. 6 Altaf Qadri March 7, 2007 at 10:36 am

    Mr. Ali, we dont belive in name but intention and idealogy behind it. So whosoever is Sanjay we r not bothered unless his intentions are actions are in the right direction.. Kashmiri people are no more a deaf and dumb cattle so that anybody can lead them. You plz dont worry about us. Although ur name sounds like a muslim name but u may not be aware that Islam promotes peace but at the same time, Islam exhorts it followers to fight where there is oppression. The fight against oppression may, at times, require the use of force. In Islam force can only be used to promote peace and justice. Anyways.. thanx for your concern. Cowards die many times before their death; Valiant never tastes death but once. We will gain freedom when we’ll pay the full price for our right to live.

  7. 7 Saleem Jahangir March 2, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Mr Sanjay
    It has been a good attempt from your side to put forth the real atrocities that the people of kashmir have faced across the years. But the attepmt could have been worth appreciation if you could have included the atrocities being faced by the Pandits living in Camps in Jammu. And also you should have included within the documentary the comments of the Pandits related to the basic factor that prompted them to leave their mother land…….Mouj Kasheer. Hope you will work on it also and come up with the exact reality of the whole kashmir which is inhibited not by muslims, pandits, sikhs, etc but by KASHMIRIS regardless of the class, religion, caste, they belong to.

  8. 8 Tarale Seena March 14, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Sanjay, I heard your interview on Alternative Radio, a couple of days ago. I have not watched this movie yet, and I hope I am not in for a rude shock, but going by the tone of the interview, I suspect the movie is all about the “inncoent Kashmiris” suffering under the boot of “occupying Indians”.

    I was surprised to hear not a single word being mentioned about Pandits, in this whole episode. I was shocked to hear that you still believe the rigged elections of 1989 was responsible for the outburst of “militany” or “insurgency”. Surprised, not to hear anyting about the link between Soviet Union leaving Afghanistan, and the spillover of American terror infrastructure, into Punjab and Kashmir, in general. The influx of Punjabi Sunnis and Afghan Pathans into the valley, destroying the Kashmiriyat and driving the Hindu Pandits out of their homeland.

    Sure, you did turn a Noam Chomsky in on Indian Government. Good one. May be you need to use the proceeds from this movie, if you have any, that is, towards the betterment of Pandits living in squalor, on the streets of New Delhi, or in camps in Jammu. You owe it to their children, you know that, right?

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More than two years in the making, Jashn-e-azadi [How We Celebrate Freedom], is a feature length documentary by film-maker Sanjay Kak which explores the implications of the struggle for Azadi, for freedom, in the Kashmir valley.

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Festival screenings

May 26, 2008 / International Video Festival of Kerala
Apr 28, 2008 / Dok.Fest
Feb 10, 2008 / Himalaya Film Festival
Nov 28, 2007 / International Documentary Festival
Oct 12, 2007 / Film South Asia
July 22, 2007 / Osian’s Cinefan film festival

Previous Previews

7 Dec 2007 / School of Oriental & African Studies & Sacred Media Cow
6 Dec 2007 / Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds
Egham, Surrey
3 Dec 2007 / Royal Holloway, University of London
New Delhi
26 Nov 2007 / Russian Centre of Science & Culture & Magic Lantern Foundation

New Jersey
Oct 5, 2007 / College of New Jersey
New York City
Oct 4, 2007 / Columbia School of Journalism
Oct 2, 2007 / University of Texas
Sep 28, 2007 / Temple University
Sep 27, 2007 / University of Pennsylvania
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Sep 26, 2007 / Vassar College
New York City
Sep 25, 2007 / New School for Social Research
Sep 23, 2007 @ MIT
Sep 22, 2007 / SALDA
Sep 21, 2007 / University of Toronto
New Haven
Sep 20, 2007 / Yale University
Sep 18, 2007 / University of Minnesota

Aug 10, 2007 / Pure Docs, Prasad Preview, Banjara Hills

interrupted previews!! [[ MUMBAI ...
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July 14, 2007 / Institute of Agrl. Technologies, Queens Road
July 13, 2007 / Centre for Film & Drama, Millers Road
June 13, 2007, Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Hall
June 12, 2007, National Film Archive of India Auditorium
May 29, 2007, Blue Moon Hotel
May 26, 2007, Assam Club, Laban
May 12, 2007, Hindi Bhavan Hall
March 31, 2007, Tagore Hall
New Delhi
March 23, 2007, Sarai-CSDS
New Delhi
March 13, 2007, India Habitat Center



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