Maqbool Bhatt’s Remains

February 12, 2018

“I have rebelled against obscurantism, slavery, capitalism, exploitation, corruption, cruelty, and hypocrisy. If the ruling class of Pakistan, which is a product of imperialist system and is represented by the civil and military bureaucracy, call it conspiracy then I have no hesitation to accept it. … I have disliked self-praise but now when my role is being distorted, deliberately, I am forced to claim that at every stage of my life, I have not only supported the people’s struggle against exploitation and oppression but always actively participated in it. I have consciously chosen this role for myself because I see it as sunna of prophets and as a way of revolutionaries.” – Maqbool Bhatt.

On February 11, 1984, Maqbool Bhatt, a prominent leader of Kashmir’s resistance movement who demanded independence for the region from both India and Pakistan, was hanged in New Delhi’s Tehar Jail on the charges of murder. Without informing his family, Bhatt’s family was buried in the jail compound.

For the past 34 years, his mother, the 84-year-old Shahmali Begum has been campaigning to get her son’s remains back to Kashmir.

This film follows Bhatt’s mother as she talks about his childhood, the hardships he faced during his political career, and seeks support in her campaign to bring back his remains to Kashmir before she dies.

The film was first released in London at the University of Westminster in 2015 and later screened at the Humboldt-University of Berlin, Lund University of Sweden, and the British Parliament.

This is the first time that the filmmakers have released the film for the public.

“If the struggle for freedom could be stopped by court rulings there would hardly have been any free nation on earth today. If the evolution of civilization, democracy, and freedom was to be prevented by the judicial or administrative system, no revolution would have taken place from the beginning of history. Decisions about movements for welfare and freedom of people are not made in the existing courts. Instead it is the process of human history which gives the verdict on these government institutions. ” – Maqbool Bhatt.

JKTV Live Exclusive – Maqbool Bhat's documentary "Bring Him Back" By Fahad Shah & Talat Bhat Will be released online. Co production of RåFILM Sweden & JKTV Live Manchester.

JKTV Live Exclusive – Maqbool Bhat's documentary "Bring Him Back" By Fahad Shah & Talat Bhat. Co production of RåFILM Sweden & JKTV Live Manchester.Synopsis:Shahmli Begum, 84, mother of Maqbool Bhat (Che of Kashmir) has been campaigning to get her son's mortal remains back to Kashmir for last 31 years. Bhat was a prominent leader of Kashmir's resistance movement, demanding independence from India and Pakistan. After imprisoning him, the Indian government hanged him on 11 February 1984 in the Tihar Jail of New Delhi in India. Without informing his family anything about him, his body was buried in the jail compound.In this film, his mother is followed while she talks about his childhood, struggle and the hardships during his political career. She goes from pillar to post to seek support in her campaign and also writes a letter to the President of India. She travels to different holy Sufi shrines to pray for her campaign to bring back her sons mortal remains back to Kashmir before she dies.#Bringhimbackwww.bringhimback.info

Posted by Jammu Kashmir TV on 10. veljače 2018

Directed by Fahad Shah | Produced by Talat Butt

Co-produced by RåFILM Sweden and JKTV Manchester.

Fahad Shah is a journalist and editor currently based in Kashmir, who frequently writes for the Foreign Affairs, Al Jazeera, The DiplomatDawn, Hindustan Times and is a correspondent at The Christian Science Monitor. He is also the founding editor of The Kashmir Walla magazine and the editor of the anthology Of Occupation and Resistance: Writings from Kashmir (2013). He studied journalism from Kashmir and Critical Media and Cultural Studies from SOAS, University of London.

Talat Bhat is a Sweden based Kashmiri activist, documentary filmmaker, and trade union campaigner. He has a Masters degree in Media Production and is researching the impacts of new media technologies in conflict zones. He is also a member of RåFILM, an activist film collective based in Malmö. He is currently digging up some archives as pre-production work for his upcoming documentary.