Director of controversial movie ‘The Kashmir Files‘ Vivek Agnihotri on Tuesday issued a video message threatening to file a lawsuit against Oxford Union, the student-run debating society at Oxford University after the union rescheduled his event from Tuesday to July 1.
Agnihotri’s programs related to the film were also cancelled at Cambridge University. He has accused both Oxford and Cambridge Universities of curbing freedom of expression and of harbouring Hinduphobia.
In the video, Agnihotri claims that he was “invited” by Cambridge and Oxford universities. Terming the entire fiasco as “curbing freedom of expression”, he then goes on to Pakistanis and “few Kashmiri Muslims” for protesting against his event on Kashmiri Pandits.
Now, questions are being raised in social media whether Vivek Agnihotri and his team were invited to those universities, or did they make commercial bookings there?
To one of the promotional posters on Twitter from May 30, the official account of Fitzwilliam College, a branch of the University of Cambridge cleared that the event was “a commercial booking and is not hosted by Fitzwilliam College nor the University of Cambridge.”
According to Hindi newspaper Dainik Bhaskar when they wanted to know the reaction of Pallavi Joshi and Vivek Agnihotri regarding this. The couple maintained silence.
The film ‘The Kashmir Files’ made on Kashmiri Pandits exodus has been in the news due to its narrative. Along with this, the film is also in the headlines and controversies due to its screenings and seminars on global forums. Its release in Singapore was banned. In India too, the press conference on the film at the Foreign Correspondent Club was cancelled last month.