Hurt and shocked after the recent attack at a military school in Peshawar, Anupam Kher writes an open letter to the terrorists.
Open letter to terrorists by Anupam Kher Every time you commit a mindless act of terrorism, I die a little. Truth be told, I have been dying quite often of late; little by little. I have died when bombs go off in civilian areas, when bystanders are held hostage, when airlines are hijacked, when defenceless people are killed and when the unarmed are sold as slaves. But today, when you butchered over 130 children in cold blood in a school in Peshawar, I fear there is nothing left in me. I don’t know what your objective was, but you have certainly reduced me to a dead man walking. What tenet of religiosity can you quote to justify such slaughtering of children? What twisted perception of which faith can you claim to adhere to? Does it require bravery to shoot barefaced children, innocents who do not understand the concept of conflict, much less the evil face of terrorism? Killing children cannot be an act of faith in any religion. According to early reports, you are the same monsters who tried to kill Malala Yousafzai on October 9, 2012. You did not kill her; her bravery won her the Noble Prize earlier this month. Words cannot adequately despise the monstrosity which you have committed. True there have been greater pogroms in history such as Lidice, Dachau, the purges of Stalin, the Cultural Revolution of Mao, the killing fields of Cambodia. But these were political movements or results of conflict. What you have done today is something not reflected in history; the slaughter of innocents. I cannot ascribe a category to which you could possibly belong. Even animals kill for a reason; out of fear or hunger. But you let lose bullets out of senselessness. Truly you are beyond evil. Pictures of war and conflict often move me. Today it was different. I saw a picture of a father who had tied the shoelace of his son before he sent him to the ill-fated school. "I have the shoe, but I have no son…’ he lamented. I was not moved. I broke down. Your dastardly act today will have united parents everywhere and earned you their curses. Time will prove that their curses will not have been in vain. Samjho Kuch Galat Hai: Prasoon Joshi Noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi has penned a poem exclusively for HT to pay homage to the Peshawar victims who died in an attack by Taliban gunmen on an army-run school on Tuesday. He has also done a rendition of the poem in his voice. " Jab bachpan tumhari godh mein aaney se katrane lage Jab maa ki kokh se jhankti zindagi bahar aaney se ghabrane lage Samjho kuch ghalat hai Jab talwarein phoolon par zor aazmane lagein Jab masoom ankhon mein khauf nazar aane lage Samjho kuch ghalat hai Jab oas ki boondon ko hatheliyon pe nahin hathiyaron ki nok par theherna ho Jab nanhe nanhe talwon ko aag se guzarna ho Samjho kuch ghalat hai Jab kilkariyan sahem jayein Jab totli boliyan khamosh ho jayein Samjho kuch ghalat hai Kuch nahin bahut kuch ghalat hai Kyonki zor se barish honi chahiye thi Poori duniya mein Har jagah tapakne chahiye the aansoo Rona chahiye tha upar wale ko aasman se phoot phoot kar Sharm se jhukni chahiye thi insaani sabhyata ki gardanein Shok nahin soch ka waqt hai Matam nahin sawalon ka waqt hai Agar iske baad bhi sar utha kar khada ho sakta hai insaan Samjho ki kuch ghalat hai" The soul is healed by being with children. (I feel) extreme anger and disgust for all those who took our children, our future, our healers away (sic). More voices from Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan: My heart has been broken... The world failed those children in Peshawar... It’s a sad sad day... Wish strength to all #endthemadness (sic). Farhan Akhtar: It’s a horrific situation. I have a problem with the words insurgence, condemn... I feel that these are only words that are repeated. We need to go beyond. Dia Mirza: It’s saddening. I don’t know how a human being turns into a terrorist, and how they can use children to terrorise the world. It is so disturbing. Bipasha Basu: These atrocities are just a manifestation of anger at the individual level. If you want to do something about it, wage a war against your own anger. Make that change within. Hrithik Roshan: Shafqat Amanat Ali: Atankvad ka koi mazhab nahi hota. What these people have done proves that Allah is not on their side. Killing the future of this world is not what God wants.