I know you want peace, but so do we!
Firstly, let me tell you that for what you and your family have gone through, the country offers silent salutations and support. And so, let there be no doubt that we respect you and your father.
Your stand against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and your statements about the Indo-Pak fights and their peace are immensely courageous and show extreme bravado.
We understand that you want peace. But so do all of us. So did your father. No one likes war. But pardoning Pakistan for what they did is not fair to those who lost their lives, homes and loved ones. Forgiving Pakistan and blaming the thousands of killings on ‘war’ in the name of peace is unjust to those who laid down their lives to protect yours, mine and everybody else’s homes.
Let me quote what Mr. Obama once said and put it in better words:
“Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones. I know there’s nothing weak in the creed and lives of Gandhi and [Martin Luther] King.
But as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation, I cannot be guided by their examples alone. I face the world as it is. For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism – it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.”
So while I also share your desire for peace, know this; peace is not obtained by simply desiring it.
But you said what you wanted to. You have the Freedom of Speech! However, the nation was collectively offended and took drastic steps to make their point. The thought that the same Indians for whom your father gave his life, sent threats of rape and murder to you is most depressing. I apologise on their behalf.
I hope this letter finds you in the best of your health and that through this, you regain your confidence and keep fighting for what’s right.
Author: Zainab Haji