Thomas Hardy in his poem ‘The Man he Killed’ calls war “quaint” and “curious,” saying that in a war “You shoot a fellow down you’d treat, if met where any bar is, or help to half a crown.” A similar message has been given by the daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh, who was killed during the 1999 Kargil war. The velfie (video-selfie) of Jalandhar-based Gurmehar Kaur was posted at Facebook by Ram Subramanian, creator of #ProfileForPeace drive.
He posted the video and a message on his page ‘Voice of Ram’:
The video had crossed over 50,000 shares on Facebook and YouTube by 6pm on May 2.
Unlike many of the Indians or Pakistanis who hate the other without ever having directly faced anything, she shares through placards how she lost her father in the war when she was just two years old and recalls how as a kid she used to hate Pakistan just because it took away her father, only to realise later, “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him.” She further says it took her time to let go of hatred but “if I can do it, so can you.”
Kaur writes that she fights “for peace between India and Pakistan,” as she believes her father would have still been there had there been no wars.
She ends it with a powerful message saying, “I wish to live in a world where there are no Gurmehar Kaurs who miss their dad. I am not alone. There are many like me.”