Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his recent ‘Mann Ki Baat’ said that while politicians speak their minds, the Army and security forces take action. “We are proud of our army. We politicians have many opportunities to speak our mind and we do speak. But, the forces do not speak, they take action,” PM Modi said a week after the Uri attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were martyred. The Indian Army has indeed taken action by carrying out surgical strikes across the LoC and successfully destroying many terrorist launch pads.
But now, a soldier has also spoken, and when a soldier speaks, his voice and words find resonance and connect with the 125 crore Indians. This soldier’s message comes amidst the raging debate on whether artists from Pakistan should be allowed to work in India in wake of the growing tensions between the two countries. Bollywood stands divided on the issue and there are some who believe that artists and art should be above national boundaries. However, many are of the view that at a time when Pakistan is waging a proxy war with India through terrorists and soldiers are fighting valiantly to protect the country, it is time to show solidarity and stand with the security forces.
At such a time Major Gaurav Arya, an Army veteran, has penned down a touching letter, that has gone viral on social media. The letter talks of what a soldier would think if he saw the ongoing debate and the defence that many like Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt are offering on behalf of Pakistani artists. “Why should he (the soldierP alone sacrifice for India, when others were making merry?” he questions. “Patriotism and sacrifice is not the sole responsibility of the soldier. India is Mahesh Bhatt’s country, as much as it is the soldier’s,” he writes. “Its easy to ask for peace when you are a thousand miles away from the Line of Control, and your primary concerns are which party to attend this evening and where to get financing for your next film. Peace is not a punch line. It is the end result of war,” he slams.
Attaching two images with his post on Facebook, Major Gaurav Arya compares the letter written by a 10-year old girl Aditi, and Mahesh Bhatt. Below is the post that Arya shared on his Facebook page and the images of the two messages by Aditi and Bhatt:
It’s not often that a soldier speaks, but when he does he moves to ‘surgically’ silence people who find it difficult to show the spirit of national solidarity.