Movie Halls should be opened in Kashmir / By Rashmi Talwar

Hina Bhat:

Movie Halls should be opened in Kashmir

Hina Bhat
Movie Halls should be opened in Kashmir

HIna Bhat
Movie Halls should be opened in Kashmir
There should be either a war or friendship with Pakistan. There is no third way.

RASHMI TALWAR

Dr Hina Bhat, BJP candidate for Assembly constituency of Amira Kadal, the sole Muslim woman face in Kashmir valley for BJP, appears to have the makings of an astute politician. She even has the chutzpah to admit the youthful pursuits of having fun on geri routes in Chandigarh and shopping sprees in Ludhiana and Amritsar in Punjab. Daughter of two-time legislator and Member of Parliament, Mohammad Shafi Bhat, the 35-year-old single mother of a six-year old son is all set to contest her first election in the constituency from where her father won all his elections as National Conference and Congress candidate. Bhat shares her feelings including the fate of article 370 of the constitution that her party is readying to abrogate.

Surrounded by party workers including Sheikh Abdul Rehman who joined BJP in 2003 and youngsters from Kashmir University at her residence in Rajbagh, Bhat in velvet black phiran embellished with silver tilla embroidery, instructs on putting party buntings and listens to supporters from a plush armchair in a room that was submerged in flood waters for almost a month and is now covered with posters of Prime Minister Narender Modi with a message in Urdu –“BJP ko vote de, chal chaley Modi ke saath, badle Jammu-Kashmir ke halaat …”


Q. Who contacted you from BJP for this seat?

Ans: I do not want to talk about this BJP Party MP and Jammu &Kashmir in charge Avinash Rai Khanna, and Union Minister for Health and family welfare Mr JP Nadda
(hesitatingly).

Q. Your father Mohammed Shafi Bhat was from National Conference & Congress, so why BJP?
Ans: Nothing attracted me in National Conference (NC); the state in charge could bring no growth following the same old guard and archival agenda with no plans on youth development, no augmentation in hospitals and education, the same with Congress. I could however see the spark in BJP’s clear cut development vision and transparent democratic make-up. See, how the ‘swachh bharat abhiyan’ has even forced our CM Omar Abdullah to pick a broom (laughs). Modi has given us a dream, it is for us to follow and implement it in the best and quickest way. The first thing that a leader gives is imagination, then motivation and inspiration and next comes the ways and means to implement them. BJP has caught the imagination of people across the country and that is the first step towards good leadership, which will ultimately culminate into good governance. Where best governance comes, the state is bound to grow.
Jammu and Kashmir is in dire need of growth, youth here desperately needs employment and education needs to be spruced up. Old systems need to change in education, in healthcare, tourism to inspire economic growth for Jammu & Kashmir

Q. What qualified you for the BJP candidate for Amira Kadal?
Ans: My political grooming comes from home. My father helped me and he is my mentor as also a godfather. I am a qualified dentist and was keen to make a difference; all these qualities may have attracted the BJP towards me. Yes and being a Muslim woman face of the BJP also seemed to be a very positive reason for my selection. My father has never lost an election despite that NC sidelined him, his political reputation spelled a boon for me. I accompanied my father for campaigning when he won in 1989/ 1990 parliamentary elections for the 9th Lok Sabha elections almost unopposed. NC has no attraction for me. It has given the worst governance and the party hardly values its workers. If a party worker grows, the party will grow. And Yes! I always had political leanings (with a twinkle).

Q. You face a tough battle from the NC’s sitting legislator, Nasir Aslam Wani, and PDP’s business tycoon, Altaf Bukhari?

Ans: I faced lot of odds to join BJP as a Muslim woman but I have taken the risk for my state, to improve its temper and put it on the path of progress. NC is hardly my competition. Bukhari of PDP does not perturb me. A candidate is the reflection of his/her party and money doesn’t work, it’s the strategy that works, otherwise don’t you think Ambanis would have the prime ministerial berth on their platter. I am in politics for a long haul and I have faith that Mr. Modi’s magic could change the atmosphere and help the lotus bloom in Kashmir in newer shades. My USP is my keen awareness about changes that are in dire need, NC- Congress and PDP could hardly bring anything tangible. PDP is merely banking on anti incumbency, while BJP already has shown its strength in other states and its policies are attracting people from all over the country. “BJP means business, not business as usual”! PM has a visionary approach to development and peace agenda and No! it wasn’t much difficult to make a choice. Kashmiris are basically secular and accommodating in nature. They believe in cohesion and cohabitation. Despite the past many would follow their basic character. They have seen militancy and turmoil, now they want to move forward and return to their basic roots.

Q. BJP is labeled as Hindutva party and you as a Muslim, could you be seen as a turncoat for your community?
Ans Hindutva party is the false term coined by Congress for BJP for political advantage. But all can see that Modi’s policies involve unified and not segregated growth. He has taken the nation in totality. The idea of corporate houses and celebrity figures adopting villages to turn them into model villages is not community based or for only a section of people. It is an open invitation to all those who have earned from the nation, need to share their wealth and prosperity with the lesser privileged in the nation and improve their lot.
My constituency is amongst the largest with 78,000 registered voters. There are nearly 11,000 Kashmiri Pandits and 4000 Kashmiri Sikhs, Khatris and Hindus make up another 3000, but I am considering all of them ‘One people’.

Q. How do you look at Omar Abdullah?
Ans: I sympathize with him, he is high headed, has an old coterie around him and heads a corrupt cabinet, therefore he is suffering today. The state under him has emerged as the Number-1 corrupt state. This time he has no chance. Floods were a major barometer for his popularity or lack of it and he failed miserably. I call the floods a man-made disaster. The administration or the political dispensation drew no topographical pitfalls of vital areas. How could they not have anticipated the drawback of their plans when you landfill the water clearing channels and let haphazard growth go unchecked?

Q. Are there some celebrity faces that could show up for your rallies?
Ans Yes, PM Narender Modi is scheduled along with Avinash Rai, Hema Malini, and Navjot Singh Sidhu

Q What would be your first focus in case you win?
Ans My main focus would be youth – justice and jobs for them! I would like to open lakhs of cases, real or fake against the youth. Each one should be provided with a passport by which they could explore job opportunities in other countries too.

Q How come all should be given passports?
Ans Why? Don’t black-listers have passports? Out of the 100 booked, 99% are not involved in any heinous crimes, so why should they be deprived of passports.

Q. In a way are you saying that general amnesty should be announced for all those booked?
Ans: Yes! Positively and I don’t mean just the youth even those aged beyond that should be given a chance.

Q. And Article 370?
Ans I do not believe that Kashmiri sentiments regarding article 370 should be played with. Already much of the the article has been tampered with by successive governments including NC, PDP and Congress. Let some semblance be maintained as far as certain status is enshrined in the article. The BJP has targeted a vision of 44+ seats in the 87 seat assembly and I am sure Mr. Modi is sensitive to the sentiments of the people and will not take up the contentious issue of article 370.

What if Modi does take up the issue of article 370?
Ans I will oppose it.
What about women issues of female foeticide, dowry and large weddings?
Ans Female foeticide is very little in Kashmir but yes regarding weddings I would turn to empowerment of women, for which I would inspire women to join politics in large numbers and bring about a change. Also I would like to introduce a woman cell that would deal exclusively with problems related to women. Woman are shy to approach MLAs and police, a women’s cell would be more approachable.

How about Anti India feelings?
Ans Those who want to boycott is their choice. The anti India feelings have come as the center invested in political families and not in the people of Jammu and Kashmir. People’s problems lay un-addressed as political incumbencies misappropriated central grant. Thus a distance was created and governments were looked upon as stooges of the center. This feeling would be abandoned when the center uses clean people to address genuine problems. The ignored lot can be weaned only by crossing the bridge of trust deficit

What about Pakistan?
Ans There should either be a war or friendship with Pakistan. There is no third way.

Q Kashmir is starved of entertainment, there are no movie halls and those that were have remained defunct and unusable. Do you think Kashmiri youth should be kept deprived of public places for entertainment while the rest of the country enjoys? and for how long?

Ans Once basic needs are met; I would strongly support the opening of movie halls for Kashmir. I look forward to progress and prosperity for Kashmiris.

FIRST PUBLISHED IN RISING KASHMIR ON NOVEMBER 21, 2014
URL: http://t.co/Voufp7KEUT”

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73 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Niyaz Jan on November 22, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    PAPA-2 Also

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  2. Posted by Mir Tariq on November 22, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Rahi sahi kasar pur karnay Kay liyia……nat cha kam ikhlaqi buraan Yati….

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  3. Posted by Abdul Rauf Fazili on November 22, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    What is the need when every house is practically a cenima hall.

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  4. Posted by Mehraj Ud Din on November 22, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    RUBBISH

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  5. Posted by Wajahat Nazki on November 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Oh yup. ..I forgot. .ds is hw Islam will flourish in thr rule

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  6. Posted by Murassa Shamshad on November 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    I guess she is the same lady who had said she is doing some kinda jihad…
    Opening Movie Halls Might B “Jihad” for her!!

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  7. Posted by Khurshid Andrabi on November 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    oh she has a different idea abt Kashmir let us see how succefull she can be see this is Kashmir let us watch and wait for power people joined Ikhwanies joined army joine Bjp long a go also you have to see how people will react to that personal opinions can not be thrusted upon the people even if you do that its life is to be seen

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  8. Posted by Haq Nawaz Nehru on November 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Lagta hai mohtrama inqilab lanay ki saoch rahi hain…..bhot say log iss dor main shamil huay aur Mir Jaffer aur Mir Sadiq ki tarah anjam ko pohnchay….dekhyey aagay kya hota hai

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  9. Posted by Law Kumar Mishra on November 22, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Jarur

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  10. Posted by Sadaf Munshi on November 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    A good interview, Rashmi , except that the headline is very misleading. Why would you choose such a heading? Rashmi Talwar

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  11. Posted by Shuja'at Bukhari on November 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Sadaf Munshi it is Rashmi Talwar

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  12. Posted by Sadaf Munshi on November 22, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Yes, that was a facebook gimmick. Thank you, Shuja’at.

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  13. Posted by Rameez Farooq on November 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    She was supposed to pick up gun 1st..

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  14. Posted by Idrees Lone on November 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Whats wrong with opening theatres here ? Dont we all watch movies at home ? whats wrong with the big screen ?

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  15. Posted by Rashmi Talwar on November 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    @sadaf munshi … What makes this heading taboo n misleading to use dear …. Why the hypocrisy ? If it’s good enough to see a movie on CD with family at home …. Why shd the people be deprived of public places for viewing ? @shujaat ?

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  16. Posted by Sadaf Munshi on November 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Misleading because it feels like the article is only about cinema and that is the only thing she talked about. You can see the reaction of people for yourself. I have a feeling some people don’t even care to read the whole thing. I am absolutely FOR cinema all eyes and ears (and those who oppose it, I would like to know if they ever watch TV and movies at homes). And I am also for the development in some of the important areas she talks about, provided she can deliver. She talked about important issues like women’s role in politics, and I would have highlighted THAT. @Rashmi Talwar

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  17. Posted by Rashmi Talwar on November 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Sadaf dear , . First this is not an article …. Second this is a very significant part of the questionnaire put to her , cos this was one issue no one dared to ask any of the candidates in the fray

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  18. Posted by Sadaf Munshi on November 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Let’s not go into the terminology (“article” is a very broad term, can refer to many things…so ignore that part… …. I just expressed my opinion, what I felt at reading the heading. I do not think one can earn a seat just because they could talk about cinema — that is not a good enough issue to be the point of focus in an election agenda of a person who has just joined politics. She did talk about important issues which could be the highlight. Anyway, we may have different perspectives on what a reader takes home from this piece. I liked the whole piece, just not the heading.

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  19. Posted by Rashmi Talwar on November 22, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    @sadaf dear …. There is a difference … To each his own …. My perspective is slightly different n I have incorporated all imp issues …. I am glad u liked some part of it …. Thank u

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  20. Posted by Sadaf Munshi on November 22, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    No, not “some part”, I liked the whole interview.

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  21. Posted by Rashmi Talwar on November 22, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Perhaps u didn’t attend the Tulip Fest in April this year. I have never seen youth so starved of entertainment as I saw in a music program at SKICC …. The youth had pointed out that to me …. And craved for movie halls to open in Kashmir .. I had never seen the kind of boisterous reaction the show had created where even girls had taken to the stage and danced on popular bollywood numbers ….. There is lots more to buttress this issue … @sadaf dear ….. I am watching Kashmir from varied angles and perspectives …

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  22. Posted by Raies Mir on November 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Kashmiri people are being killed for just cause while Sajjad Lone and other like minded persons are becoming a spent force of BJP, playing them as a card

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  23. Posted by Kaul Ravinder on November 22, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    The Prime Minister of the country, while addressing the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day, spoke about the need to have toilets for all and a clean India instead of pontificating on foreign or economic policy issues. So the need of the hour is to talk about small achievable goals instead of talking big about solving the vexed Kashmir problem. Therefore, I feel reopening of cinema halls would be a good beginning. Reopening of bars and wine shops in Kashmir is next on my wish list.

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  24. Posted by Vinod Upadhaya on November 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Absolutely right.

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  25. Posted by Namrata Wakhloo on November 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Yet another Jihad

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  26. Posted by Badri Nath Bhat on November 22, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    she is right, this is bold .

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  27. Posted by Nikhil Bhardwaj on November 22, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    RSS agent .. hum kya chahte

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  28. Posted by Roxy Raina on November 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Philhaal hafiz syed say election bachawo…lol

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  29. Posted by Apan Singhal on November 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Are no cinema halls open in whole of Kashmir valley? Not even one?

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  30. Posted by Mir Mushtaq on November 22, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    good luck lady ,,,,,,,,,,,,indeed good for us

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  31. Posted by Burhan Dhar on November 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    She is waging jehad to open cinema halls. Imagine how much progress Kashmir will make if she is in govt. What a pity

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  32. Posted by Shiban Kak on November 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    she belongs to a progressive muslim family

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  33. Posted by Mehraj Baba on November 22, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Great lady ! This is called spirit! First step towards development of Kashmir! Wow Hina bhat have started jhaad !!!! Ha ha !!!

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  34. Posted by Mehraj Baba on November 22, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    lol she z goin nutz….

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  35. Posted by Shahidd Wani on November 22, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    yes she z goin nutz….

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  36. Posted by Khursheed A Khan on November 22, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Atleast she mustered courage…hats off.

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  37. Posted by Zeenat Nissa on November 22, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Great step. I support

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  38. Posted by Burhan Dhar on November 22, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Mustered courage? Seriously.

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  39. Posted by Shantiveer Kaul on November 22, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Y? Burhan? Did she not?

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  40. Posted by Burhan Dhar on November 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Shantida. She is from a political background. Making statements is family profession. Had she said something that would suggest shift in current state of affairs I would agree. Given that cinemas like neelam have been operational got quite sometime now. Few chose not to open while others converted them into different business houses. Operating cinema in current environment is not going bring up tide. My opinion of course

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  41. Posted by Kuldeep Bhat on November 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    It may not,brother Burhan,but just saying this is courageous enough more so for a lady !

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  42. Posted by Shantiveer Kaul on November 22, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Irrespective! I will always support independent women, any women, anywhere, anyhow!

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  43. Posted by Burhan Dhar on November 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Shantida. I support woman power wholeheartedly. She and mehbooba Mufti may not have my respect but they have my blessings for their career. However as a politician their policy should be scrutinized as well. If we think of them as equal then let us treat them as equal. Kuldeep da it is not a big deal. If some of us think it is a courageous statement. I can live with that.

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  44. Posted by Shantiveer Kaul on November 22, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Independent = progressive, not retrograde. I will never support Aaasiyah Andrabi, who seeks to rob women of even relative independence.

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  45. Posted by Rajesh Razdan on November 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    It’s a courageous stand. More power to her. It would be interesting to learn about broader manifesto of all parties.

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  46. Posted by Ashwani Trisal on November 22, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Voters you need this dynamic lady in Assembly.

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  47. Posted by Fayaz Ahmed on November 22, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Well Said! There is a direct link between Kashmir issue and Hindi cinema. May be we find a solution to K- issue in Haider II.

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  48. Posted by Rajesh Razdan on November 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Didn’t you watch the movie till the end ?

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  49. Posted by Fayaz Ahmed on November 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    @ Rajesh Razdan hmmm ,probably Haider was the inspiration for Hina Bhat to run for the elections.

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  50. Posted by Mumin Mukthar on November 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Halal Movie

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