I am afraid. I am afraid that my country is going to war. I am afraid that what I saw happen to Iraq in print will happen to my country in real. That one of those bodies wrapped in blood is going to be mine. That one day they will hand me a tri-colour flag that had covered my love’s dead body.
“Whether to forgive the terrorists or not is in God’s hands. But it is in our hands to arrange the meeting.” Such smses scare me. When someone tells me, “Did you see how Israel bombed Palestine? That’s attitude!” That scares me. To think that it would be worth killing 500 people to show your “attitude.” To kill 500 people and be proud of it. It scares me very much.
Simi Gerewal says it’s time we wiped Pakistan off the map of the world. Shobha De says, “Enough is enough.” Hey don’t know what enough is do they? They give up so easily. With their immaculate white suits and starry nights in Bombay pent houses, they don’t know Maganlal whose slum dwelling gets demolished every month to leave him to pick up the pieces, and Saraswati who is shoved around from one footpath to the other, one park bench to the other to sleep on, and 13-year old Munia who was raped when she was 8 and still is- they still haven’t had enough. They are not scared of their oppressors. They turn around and reconstruct their shanty and find a new footpath to sleep on and somehow learn to enjoy a hairy 90kg man heaving on top of them. Two nights of terror in a hotel they frequent and they have already had enough?
No one proposes going to war against the government who allows such atrocities to be inflicted upon its people.
This does not mean that I’m demeaning the degree of the terror attacks or devaluing the life of the people who died. Quite the contrary actually. I value the life of the 500 people who died too much to let 50,000 people die at war to avenge those 500 deaths. It’s so simple. The logic is so simple. Don’t you see it? You are so angry because they killed 500 people. How will it make you less angry if 100 times more people die at war?
I know I sound desperate. But I don’t know how else to do it. The only way I know to reverse the war propaganda triggered by the media is to do it person by person. So if any of you think that India should go to war against Pakistan then write to me in the comments section, tell me your argument and I will die convincing you against it, but I WILL NOT DIE AT WAR.