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“You Have Abused The Indian Invitation” : Israel Envoy To IFFI Jury Chief For Calling The Kashmir Files ‘Vulgar’

“You Have Abused The Indian Invitation”: Israel Envoy To IFFI Jury Chief For Calling The Kashmir Files ‘Vulgar’

On Tuesday, the Ambassador of Israel to India, Naor Gilon, wrote an open letter to Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid which he shared on Twitter. In the letter, Naor Gilon accused the Israeli filmmaker of abusing the Indian invitation to chair the panel of judges at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) after Lapid criticised the Vivek Agnihotri-directed The Kashmir Files, calling it vulgar and propaganda. The Israel envoy wrote: “In Indian culture, they say a guest is like God. You have abused in the worst way the Indian invitation to chair the panel of judges at IFFI Goa as well as the trust, respect and warm hospitality they have bestowed on you,” “I’m no film expert, but I do know that it’s insensitive and presumptuous to speak about historic events before deeply studying them, and which are an open wound in India because many of the involved are still around and paying the price,” added Mr Gilon. The Israel envoy further added that the friendship between the people of India and Israel is very strong and will survive the damage that the Israeli filmmaker has inflicted. “You will go back to Israel thinking that you are bold and ‘made a statement’. We, the representatives of Israel, would stay here. You should see our DM boxes following your ‘bravery’ and what implications it may have on the team under my responsibility,” said Naor Gilon. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 53rd edition of IFFI, Israeli Filmmaker Lapid said: “We were, all of us, disturbed and shocked by the 15th film, The Kashmir Files. That felt to us like a propaganda, vulgar movie, inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival,” Reacting to Lapid’s criticism; filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri shared a cryptic post on Twitter which read: “Truth is the most dangerous thing. It can make people lie. #CreativeConsciousness,” Meanwhile, actor Anupam Kher who featured in The Kashmir Files, wrote on Twitter: “No matter how high the height of the lie is.. It is always small in comparison to the truth,” while attaching pictures from The Kashmir Files and Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List. 

Also read: The Kashmir Files: The hard-hitting Genocide of Kashmiri Pandits community Revealed!

Uttarakhand Police SIT May Consider Narco Test Against All Accused In Ankita Bhandari Murder Case

The Uttarakhand Police’s Special Investigation Team, which is probing the Ankita Bhandari murder case, is considering conducting a narco test on all 3 accused. Speaking to ANI, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), law and order, Mr V Murugesan said: “If required, the SIT probing the Ankita murder case can conduct a narco test on all the 3 accused including the main accused Pulkit Arya with the permission of the court,” On September 24, the body of the 19-year-old Ankita Bhandari was recovered from Chilla Canal in Rishikesh. Ankita Bhandari used to work as a receptionist at a resort owned by Pulkit Arya, son of former BJP leader Vinod Arya. Ankita’s parents have sought a CBI inquiry into the case. Amid calls for a CBI probe, the Gangster Act was invoked against the 3 accused, namely Pulkit Arya, Ankit Gupta and Saurabh Bhaskar.

NIA Crackdown Against Gangster Nexus; Multi-State Raids Underway

On Tuesday morning, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) launched multiple raids for a fresh crackdown against gangster nexus. The NIA launched massive multi-state raids covering Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Haryana, as per sources. The NIA raids are being conducted at the residential and other premises linked to gangsters across these five states. These raids are aimed at dismantling and disrupting the emerging nexus between terrorists, drug smugglers, and gangsters based in India and abroad. After the questioning of several gangsters by the NIA, these raids were planned and mainly focussed on gang nexus linked to Lawrence Bishnoi, Tillu Tazpuriya, Goldy Brar and Neeraj Bawana. The NIA crackdown follows a series of investigations against this nexus by the anti-terror agency after the re-registration of two cases on August 26 this year. 

JEE Main 2023: NTA Likely To Announce Examination Dates This Week

As per official sources, the National Testing Agency is expected to announce the JEE Main 2023 examination dates this week by December 2. A senior NTA official had earlier said: “JEE Main 2023 notification is expected to be released this week,” While session one of JEE Main 2023 is likely to be conducted in January, session two will be conducted in April 2023. To register for JEE Main 2023, candidates can visit the official site ( ) and fill out the application form along with details. The qualified students in JEE Main can further take admission to various BTech and BArch programmes offered by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), National Institute of Technology (NITs) and other Government Funded Technical Institutes (other-GFTIs). 

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