By Pragya Jha
Even after 68 years of independence and partition of India, the Hindus living in Pakistan do not have any assured future. In fact, they face persecution, bias and discrimination.
A team of young enthusiasts led by Prakash Jha has decided to make a film on the plights of Pakistani Hindus. The movie by name is “Who am I- Pakistani or Indian” and Jha’s team is actively soliciting public support and funding via media and social media.
They have also released a very brief video to highlight their case.
The makers of this documentary emphasize that they accidentally happened to come across Pakistani Hindus in a camp (in India) and were really moved to see the plight. They are non-Muslim citizens of Pakistan and are discriminated on the basis of their religion. They are denied of their basic rights.
Several of the members of this team are trained by India Today group. They want to make a documentary which showing the plight of the minorities living in Pakistan. They believe that the power of the audio visual medium will have a direct impact on the viewers and their aim is to promote it globally. The video is made in order to raise fund for making a detailed documentary which will show the plight of the Hindus living in Pakistan.
About The video
The shelters in which these people live do not have even a permanent roof made up of bricks and cement. They live in a shelter which is made up of mud, thatch, bamboos and grass that can be destroyed at any moment by a natural calamity or human itself.The child is digging the land instead of going to school. He is carrying an axe in his hand instead of books.
They are so frustrated with their condition that they are migrating from Pakistan to seek asylum in India.
Hundreds of Hindu families who are facing social exploitation and economic backwardness are migrating to India to live a peaceful life.
The video raises a question on the identity of these people that who are they? Are they Pakistani or an Indian living in Pakistan tolerating all the discrimination because of their religion?
They are humans who want to live in peace and enjoy their freedom.
Efforts by the team
After having launched the website, now Jha’s team is busy raising funds and support for their effort. They are in talks with various organizations who will lend their support in promoting the film. Their intention behind this is to create pressure among the concerned authorities to take the required step for the minority.
Target of the Team
According to the website Who am I, If there would be any profit they would try to improve the living condition of the minority by providing them with fans, mattresses, books, tenting etc. Acquiring (Indian) citizenship would take time as it is a legal procedure. They would support them in a small business which will give the minority some source of earning. Aim of this team is to make these Hindu free from the life of exploitation and provide them with security and freedom.
To see further details, you may visit the website: http://whoami.p2pproductions.in/why-this-film/
They have also created a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whoamip2p/timeline
Prepared by Pragya- a student of Journalism in New Delhi. Twitter:@pragya1527