May 2, 2016
failed confidence-building measures between India and Pakistan, a Facebook
video posted by the daughter of a Kargil War martyr has given a strong message to
policymakers of both countries without uttering a single word.
In a video
of over four minutes, Jalandhar-based 19-year-old Gurmehar Kaur — whose father
Captain Mandeep Singh was killed during the war in 1999 — has conveyed the
message through a series of 30 placards written in English, with no voice but
sombre music playing in the background. Watch the touching video here.
just two years old when he died and has very few memories of him. “I also
remember how much I used to hate Pakistan and Pakistanis because they killed my
dad”, she has written on a placard. She believed all Muslims are Pakistanis and
consequently used to hate Muslims too. She was six-years-old when she tried to
stab a lady in a Burqa because she thought she was responsible for her father’s
her an Islamophobe just yet. Her mother who held her back and make her
understand that it was not Pakistan, but the war that killed her dad.
Eventually she let go of her hate, which — she writes on the placard — was
“neither easy nor difficult.” She has questioned that if she can do it, why
can’t everyone else? She claims to be a soldier just like her dad, but that she
fights for peace between India and Pakistan.
people who often say that Pakistanis and Muslims are responsible for killing
several Indian soldiers. And since Pakistanis are mostly Muslims, they often —
without thinking — call Muslims the enemy of our country. But I want peace
because if there was no war between us, my father would have been here,” she writes
in the video.
she has made this video because she wants the “governments of both countries to
stop pretending and solve the problem”, and has questioned the calibre of
leadership of both nations. She has cautioned that “we cannot dream of becoming
a first world country with third world leadership”. She has cited the examples
of France and Germany — who made peace after two world wars — and Japan and USA
who put their past behind to work for progress.
demanded that the two countries should talk, and that there’s “state-sponsored
terrorism, enough state sponsored spies, state sponsored hatred” and that
enough people have died on both sides of the border.
the video with a placard saying “enough is enough”, following it up with “I
wish to live in a world where there are no Gurmehar Kaurs who miss their dads.”
The final placard says #ProfileForPeace.
has been shared over 23,000 times on Facebook to overwhelmingly positive
Let's hope against all hopes, at least in the near future, that the message of the Kargil Martyr’s Daughter reaches to every house of both the countries and we press our governments to bring peace and stability to the region.
May Captain Mandeep Singh"s soul rest in peace, Ameen