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Figment of polluted minds

The thoughtful statement  made by Gurmehar Kaur, a Delhi University student, “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him... I fight for peace between India and Pakistan. Because if there was no war between us, my father would still be here” has unnecessarily become a controversy,  and made into an issue by certain Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and celebrities. While Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home wanted to know who has been “polluting this young girl s mind”, equally disgraceful tweets were made some other supporters, who failed to understand the nuance of her message and indulged in a needless  nationalist  backlash . She merely stated that it was war that killed her father.

Nation states have a history of war-making and the use of force  but war is often profitable to some sections of society. Nation states are often controlled by powerful interest groups, whose control  and  power  should be constantly checked and interrogated.

National security functions  of s democratic state cannot be allowed to continue unquestionably, without critical public scrutiny. According to Mr. Rijiju s advice “we should stop this habit of raising doubt, questioning the authorities and the police”. We should make it into a healthy  habit. The state-sponsored hatred  for domestic political ends must scrutinized and ended. War tactics are diversionary that takes our attention away from domestic turmoil such as rising unemployment or  economic slowdown, using   surgical strikes  for   electoral purposes.

Let us not take figurative expressions such as  Bharat ka namak  ,  Bharat Mata  and martyrdom too seriously and be amenable to sacrificing a young soldiers life for  political ends of certain leaders.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to  Lahore in Dec 2015 was hailed as a peace making gesture. Then why is Ms. Kaur  s statement a figment of   polluted mind ?

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