I’ve a confession to make before I begin this article:
I’ve hardly seen any picture of Salman Khan and I’m not his fan like the Bollywood’s admirers. In fact, I belong to the generation that had loved Motilal, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Devanand and Gurudut and Rajkumar. The other excuse is – I can’t concentrate for 3 hours in an activity that fails to click and inspire me. I’d some other names like Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Sanjeeve Kumar. No, no even Sharukh and Amir Khan found their place in my ‘to see’ movies list. I’m not entitled to comment about their acting prowess as I can’t recall any of their performances in its entirety.
Of course, the news about these actors interests me as a human interest story. I got to know that the superstar Salman Khan who is now busy with the promotion of his film ‘Tubelight’ that is considered to be one of the war movies ever made in Indo-China war of 1962, has ventured to speak about peace talks between India and Pakistan when the relation between the two nations is at a new low.
The heart-throb of millions of youth around the world in general and India in particular, said to media people, ‘’War is not a sensible move. Nobody benefits from a war. There should be peace with Pakistan. Those who order war should be given guns and be told that you should fight first. Within a day, the war would stop and their hands and feet will tremble.’’
As expected, Bajrangi Bhaijan’s words triggered a great controversy – a new TRP war for the Tamasha Makers of small screens. All daggers are instantly out of sheaths against the popular actor who was once seen flying kites with the then CM of Gujarat and now the Pradhan Sevak (PM’s choice of words) or prime minister of India.
I’m not so sure of the IQ levels of these filmi Kalakars and their words can’t be taken as Gospel. However, irrespective of so many statements – good, bad, silly and idiotic, made in past by the film galaxy, this one of Salman Khan of all statements is smart, logical and daring. It is simple common sense that is difficult to digest for pseudo-nationalist who believe that a war would ever bring a solution of India’s neighborhood maladies. Here, I must reproduce the famous NAZM of great Urdu poet Sahir Ludhyanvi that I might have already quoted in one of my articles:
Khoon apna ho ya paraya ho,
nasl-e-adam ka khoon hai aakhir;
Jang mashriq mein ho ya maghrib mein,
aman-e-alam ka khoon hai aakhir.
(Nasl-e-adam : humanity, mashriq-maghrib : east-west)
Jang to khud hi ek maslaa hai,
jang kyaa maslon ka hal degi;
Aag aur khoon aaj bakhshegi,
Bhookh aur ehtiyaaj kal degi.
(masla : problem, ehtiyaaj : needs)
Bartaree ke saboot ki khatir,
khoon bahana hi kya zaroori hai?
Ghar ki tareekiyan mitane ko,
ghar jalana hi kya zaroori hai?
(bartaree : greatness)
Bomb gharon par giren ke sarhad par,
Rooh-e-taameer zakhm khati hai;
Khet apne jalein ke auron ke,
Zeest faaqon mein tilmilati hai.
(Rooh-e-taameer : spirit of construction, Zeest : Life,Faaqon mein tilmilati hai : wrecked by starvation)
Tank aage badhe ke peeche hate,
Kokh dharti ki baanjh hoti hai;
Fateh ka jashn ho ke haar ka soug,
Zindagi maiyaton pe roti hai.
(Kokh : womb, baanj : barren, Fateh : victory, Jashn : celebration,Soug : lament, Maiyaton : corpses)
Isliye ae shareef insaano,
jang taltee rahe to behtar hai;
aap aur ham sabhi ke aangan mein,
shama jalti rahe to behtar hai.
Yes, I was a child when the humiliating war between India and China was fought and I still can recall a lot of horror of those days. I remember the 1965 Indo-Pak war and the following death of prime minister Lal Bhahadur Shastri in Tashqand; it was only yesterday when ‘Bangla Desh’ was carved out of the map of Pakistan. East Pakistan was new Amar Sonar Bongla Desh.
I was in the Middle East when Iraq and Iran fought their internecine protracted war. In 1990 Iraq had invaded Kuwait over an argument about economic and diplomatic issues. I was very near to the place where the Saddam’s Rockets were falling in and around Dahran, KSA.
I’d seen the refugees flooding in from Kuwait after Saddam had captured the small rich Arab state. And again, during the 2003 invasion of Iraq that lasted from 20 March to 1 May 2003 and the combined force of troops from the US, UK, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq. So, I know and I’ve the first hand experience of the death and destruction that war accompanies. And every war had been more hellish than the previous one. War is a misery.
“I support this proposal and agree with this great and important initiative to abolish militarism and war. I will continue to speak out for an end to the institution of militarism and war and for institutions built on international law and human rights and nonviolent conflict resolution.” — Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate
“Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it.” — Noam Chomsky
“We must work to end all war because: 1. In war there are no winners, only losers. 2. To thrive, humans need peace, which cannot be created by war. 3. We need all our ingenuity, creativity, technology and will to find a solution to runaway climate change. We cannot afford the military-industrial complex.” — Sally Reynolds, Abingdon Peace Group
The war mongers of politicians and TV studios must be told of the bitter reality that 90% of the casualties of war are civilians including children. Wars are not making us more secure, but creating more enemies. We have to checkmate our culture of violence; we have to snip in the bud the provocation of animosity around the world. The costs of war are too high in terms of human, social, environmental and economic spheres. Even the pothers of war diminish the bonds of humanity. It destabilizes communities and nations; and scars the entire human family.
Let me advocate that war is obsolete. It is a solution worse than any problem it presumes to solve. We have but to rely on time tested conduits of diplomacy, negotiation and even meditation.
“Humanity can no longer afford war for two reasons. 1) We need all our resources to deal with the consequences of climate change and peak oil, and 2) War is too wasteful of both human and physical resources to be further utilized or tolerated by the human species. Indeed, nuclear war, which remains a major threat to the world as we know it, would likely make our planet uninhabitable for our own species and many others.” —Peter Bergel
Salman Khan is talking sense. He shouldn’t be misunderstood. He doesn’t need any certificate of ‘Desh Prem’ from ‘Bhagwa Thekedars’ of Rashtriyeta.
By Naim Naqvi
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