Gurmehar Kaur is neither pro-Pakistan nor anti-national. She is only anti-war, a pacifist. The statement, which should have been considered in the spirit I believe it was made in, has been exploited by all political parties including the ruling BJP and blown out of proportion by the TRP hungry media. It is true that Pakistan perpetrated the war that killed her father, Captain Mandeep Singh. It is also true that her father would not have been killed had there been no war. The threats to kill Gurmehar Kaur or to rape her only bring to light, once again, the dirty and intolerant minds of our country’s so called future.
The right to freedom of speech in our country appears to be selective. Umar Khalid is not anti-India when he says ‘Bharat tere tukde honge, insha allah, insha allah. . . . . . . . . Bandook ke bal par lenge azadi. Bharat ki barbadi tak jang rahegi (God willing, India will disintegrate. . . . . . . . . We will use guns to attain freedom; will continue to fight till India is finished). Yet Gurmehar Kaur is labeled pro-Pakistan when she say ‘Pakistan did not kill my dad. War did’.
Are the people waving Pakistani or ISIS flags and pelting stones at troops fighting the terrorists in Kashmir pro-Indian and patriots? Should they not be shot at sight? We expected our leaders, irrespective of their political affiliations, to endorse and support the Army Chief when he warned those who wave Pak/ISIS flags and pelt stones at our forces fighting the terrorists. Instead they condemned his statement and shouted themselves hoarse in defense of these anti-national elements. Should they not be prosecuted for sedition?
To what depth will our politicians sink in their ambition to grab and retain power? As the campaigning in the ongoing state elections show, the level of politicking in India, never high, has sunk, and is still sinking to new depths every day. Instead of educating the voter in the ways and means of making life, and in turn the country prosperous, freebies are offered, thus killing enterprise and the will to work. A nation cannot prosper unless its citizens prosper. And the citizens will not prosper if you give them free wheat, rice or free laptops and mobiles. They prosper only if they work, and work hard, to get these.
Not a day passes without top leaders from all political parties mocking one another and making frivolous remarks which are not even witty. They only leave one wondering about the level of their intellect. Every leader, across party lines, is guilty of frivolity and few, if any, are serious about making the nation prosperous.
Dear leaders you exhort us to be proud Indians. Give us a reason to be proud, sirs. Till then we hang our heads in shame.