“Pakistan did Not kill My Dad. War Killed Him!” These are the words of Gurmehar Kaur, a 20 year old student of the Delhi University, with regard to her father Captain Mandeep Singh’s death in the Indo-Pak Kargil War of 1999 (when Pakistani troops infiltrated Kargil which is a part of Indian Administered Kashmir), at which time she was just over two and a half years, which stirred a “Hornest’s Nest” in the Ramjas College campus, with members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party accusing her of being pro-Pakistan. The students of the Delhi University and the secularist brigade including the leftists on the other hand are firmly in support of Gurmehar and are taking the opportunity to rake up the demand for ‘Azadi for Kashmir’ and condemn the ABVP’s hysterical outburst over her neutral remark. Was Gurmehar Kaur right, or was she being unduly diplomatic towards Pakistan, in making the impersonal statement?
How did Gurmehar arrive at that opinion? Her mother Rajvinder Kaur explained that it was she who led her think of her father’s martyrdom during the war in that objective manner. Gurdeep as a child reacted towards the loss of the father in the war in the same as anybody generally would. She harboured deep resentment and hatred against Pakistan and its Muslim citizens for taking her father away from her through the War. Her mother grew anxious to see her little daughter growing up with such severe, negative feelings, even if it was towards Pakistan, India’s political enemy and its people, and so she made her think of the tragedy from a different point of view, that no matter who might have waged the war against India, it is War itself that is the real Evil. Probably Rajvinder Kaur believed in fighting against the Pakistani invaders in the Gandhian manner, by Dialogue and nonviolent and peaceful ‘Satyagraha’, or passive Noncooperation, as Gandhiji did for India’s Independence. Dialogue is in principle, the best way to resolve conflicts, but it is effective only if both parties or nations are willing to understand each other and come round to arrive at a compromise that would benefit the people of both nations, instead of making it an ego issue to acquire or hold on to a land against the will of the people. Or else, each nation should evolve an administrative policy whereby their citizens are pacified to stay with them than join hands with the other side. Otherwise Dialogue, for mere appearance sake, will end nowhere, and both the sides will just ‘Die Logging!’
The Pakistani enemy of India is of a different type from the British, not amenable to peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue. Also, as per the information that has been received from the British sources lately, it was the active and fierce fight-back policy of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army(Azad Hind Fauj) which actually intimidated the British Colonials and led them to Quit India, rather than Gandhi Bapu’s ‘Fast Unto Death’ strategy in protest of the British Rule, as is commonly impressed onto the minds of the majority of gullible Indians!
What Gurmehar’s mother taught her may have been the right thing to do when Gul, as she is called by her family and friends, was a kid. But Now that she is grown up enough to understand how and why the war took place, her mother should have told her all the facts that led to the battle without hiding the other side of why it became necessary , or adopting a goody-goody stand.For what she had said to Gul was the ‘Half-truth’ or ‘Ardha-Satya’ without explaining the Precipitating factors of the War. At least at this point, when her brainwashing of Gul is bringing her into serious and unnecessary conflict with the staunch opponents of Pakistan and its people because of her immature ingrained convictions, it is time for the mother to have an adult-to-adult talk with her to make her see the event from a mature point of view in place of the earlier escapist idea arising from hesitation to ‘Call A Spade A Spade’!The concept she put into Gurmehar’s mind was like saying “The Thief did Not loot My Money. The Theft led to My Loss!”That puts the Onus for the theft on both sides, by suggesting that if the Thief was wrong in stealing my money, I too was at fault by keeping my money carelessly, thus Creating an Occasion for the Theft!
The people who are offended by Gurmehar’s equivocal attitude towards her father’s martyrdom should also challenge her by logical and patient reasoning, not by mudslinging, as the Right Wingers are doing. She has to be made to understand that though War as such is undeniably an Evil, there are circumstances when it becomes unavoidable for a country to protect its people from another nation which threatens its safety, stability and integrity by fighting with it. If the War was absolutely wrong and uncalled for, Rajvinder Kaur should have prevented her husband from participating in the war or fighting with the militants at the risk of his life and made him change his profession, or she should not have married an Army Man in the first place! By terming War itself as an inexcusable evil, she has degraded her husband’s martyrdom to a mere pathetic casualty of the War!
Of course, War should be the last resort to deal with an enemy nation. An attempt should indeed be made first to come to an agreement with it by positive dialogue , and by using. all the methods available to settle differences – ‘Saam, Daam, Dand, Bhed’- but in the end, Peace or Compromise cannot be arrived at by only onesided effort. The Leaders of Both Nations have to cooperate with one another for the sake of their respective country’s citizens’lives. Hence War becomes a necessary evil for a country’s political leaders and defense forces, to save their country from Slavery or Loss of Land, in the case of an uncompromising and aggressive enemy! Otherwise, Our Kashmiri Hindus will be reduced to the same state and fate as the Tibetans, viz. loss of Jammu -Kashmir State, with more exiles and refugees into our country ; or they will have to resign themselves to be converted and slaves of the Pakistanis!
We keep on swearing “Kashmir Hamara Hai, aur Hamara Hi Rahega!” But, in all these 70 years of India’s Independence, we have not been able to remove the Article 370 from our Constitution, and make Kashmir fully and undisputedly Ours! We are complacent with the assurance that “Hamari Army Kashmirpar Hamara Haq Banaye Rakhneke Liye Lad Rahi Hai.Hamare Jawan Usike Liye Shaheed Ho Rahe Hain! Aatankvadiyonko Maar Rahe Hain.Kashmir Kahin Nahi Ja Raha hai. Kashmir Hamara Hai!”
If Pakistan had been in India’s place, they would have scrapped the Article long ago! That is because there is more solidarity among their citizens than in India, in that they are not hampered in the consideration or implementation of any decision taken by their High Command by Pseudosecularists and Pseudo-Peacemakers as in India, who make our Government lame and weak. Sad to say, many of these socalled Seculars are elite Hindus, who deserve to be called ‘Bhondus’, that is ‘Fake’! In their fixation to the idea of ‘Peaceful /Neutral’ dealing with hostile or unfriendly nations,which according to them is intellectualism’, they are ‘neutering ‘, namely, castrating the ‘Morale’ of their own nation!
Rajvinder Kaur and Gurmehar Kaur should see the eye-opening multi starrer Hindi film ‘Border’ in which there is a meaningful dialogue between Sunil Shetty, playing a Senior Army Officer, and Akshay Khanna, who was partaking in a war for the first time and was loathed do to shoot a Pakistani soldier caught sneaking into the Indian side of the Border on his superior’s order. Akshay, or whatever name his character in the film is called by, cried and begged his senior officer not to make him take the life of the Pakistani soldier, as the latter had not attacked them directly. On that, the Superior Officer explained to the Junior soldier, like Lord Krishna did to Arjun on the battlefield of Mahabharata, that it was imperative to shoot the encroacher; for if he did not shoot the trespasser, the latter would shoot him and capture his land, which no soldier sworn and dedicated to save his Nation’s integrity, security and dignity has the right to allow! Too much tendency to pacify an enemy for Peace amounts to Complacency, which is liable to be seen Not as Goodness but as an Apologetic Attitude, COWARDICE and WEAKNESS by the enemy, and as INFIDELITY towards the Nation’s citizens and soldiers, and HYPOCRISY, namely, ‘Haathi ke Daant, Dikhaneke Alag, Khaneke Alag’, by their Subjects!
Each living being has three ways of defending itself – ‘Fight, Fright, or Flight’. The latter two defences, of Flight or Submission out of Fright, are needed to save oneself when faced with an enemy whom one cannot cope with. Human beings have one more option, of resolving a conflict by Dialogue, but that requires the will to understand the other party and settle disputes on both sides; if that is not there, the only defense for a nation having the fitness to fight, is War. As said before, that option should be used as the Last Resort, but when such need arises, it is Cowardice to avoid it under the veneer of ‘Peace’! Gandhiji had passed a comment, that is, “Hindus are Cowards, and Muslims are Bullies!”He was right (though he did not realise that to some extent, he and his Policy of Peaceful Resistance that he thrust upon Hindus was responsible for it). He has tamed Hindus and Indians in general to such an extent that even after nearly 70 years of freedom and constant attacks by Pakistan on our country, our political leaders are hesitant to declare Pakistan ‘A Terrorist State’ nor withdraw the title of the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ from it!
As a Principle , “PEACE IS A NECESSARY STATE FOR THE SECURITY AND PROGRESS OF A NATION; BUT IT CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE BOUGHT BY REFRAINING FROM WAR AGAINST TRANSGRESSION INTO ONE’S LAND BY A COVETOUS NEIGHBOR NATION, AT THE COST OF ITS OWN PEOPLE BEING THROWN OUT FROM ITS LAND , OR SLAVERY TO THE TRANSGRESSING NATION!
अगर हम हमारी धरतीमाँ को दुश्मनके आक्रमणसे बचाने के लिये लडनेमें हिचकिचाहट महसूस करें, तो लालत है हमपे! इतने भी गये गुज़रे नहीं हैं ‘हम हिंदुस्तानी’! जय हिंद!