Thursday, October 13, 2016


Our boys have just about returned from across the Line of Control after a very successful surgical strike. The entire nation is delirious with joy; the entire nation, except a few.
Today, I was part of a panel discussion in JNU, interestingly called “Intellectual Terrorism”. The term is self-explanatory, though wide ranging. I will discuss one type of intellectual terrorism here. The proponents of this type of terror are to found in every walk of life, but the roots of this disease are embedded in some institutions of higher learning. More of that some other time.

Karan Johar wants to know if asking Fawad Khan to go back to Pakistan will stop terror. Mahesh Bhatt joins the chorus by saying “stop terrorism, not talks” implying that we must continue to talk to Pakistan. The cricket board will continue to play matches with Pakistan. Certain business houses will continue to do business with Pakistan. All this, while our soldiers are dying on the border.

Will sending Pakistani artists back, stopping cricket and business with Pakistan actually end terror from Pakistan? No, it most certainly will not. But there is an emotion called solidarity. You cannot make films, play cricket and do business as if everything is fine, because it is not. It makes the soldier wonder aloud, “Why should I alone bear the weight of conflict?”

This conflict between India and Pakistan is not the soldier’s personal war. He is dying and killing for you and me. Imagine a situation in which the soldier felt, and behaved, like Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt? Imagine if a soldier walked up to his superior and said, “Sir, while I am dying on the Line of Control, these people are going about as if everything is absolutely fine between the two countries.”

How many of you would like it if a soldier felt that this was not his personal war, and he, like Mahesh Bhatt, should walk across the Line of Control and shake hands with a Pakistani soldier? Why should he alone sacrifice for India, when others were making merry?

A soldier will die before the thinks of such treason, but its certainly food for thought, isn’t it?

Patriotism and sacrifice is not the sole responsibility of the soldier. India is Mahesh Bhatt’s country, as much as it is the soldier’s.

The United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980, and the Russians did likewise when they boycotted the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. This is what happens when national interest is held paramount. And this is what must happen now.

For 70 years, Pakistan has been killing Indian citizens. Are we so inured to the pain of our fellow brethren that making a movie or playing a cricket match takes precedence over a soldier’s mourning home?

18 families have been shattered like glass. Not a word for them by our Bollywood royalty, mind you. But the pain of Fawad Khan’s departure is too much to bear, it seems. A tweet in support of Pakistani artists is mandatory.

These directors and producers will have you believe that before Rahat Fateh Ali Khan sang for Bollywood, there was no music of significance in the Hindi film industry. The cricket board is so busy making money that a widow’s silent sob and an orphan’s scream does not matter. What actually matters are day and night matches between India and Pakistan. The most keenly contested sporting event in history, they say; even better than the Ashes.

And the soldiers? Well, as far as they are concerned, they are on another planet, far removed from the glitzy Bollywood studios, and the teak paneled walls of the stately boardrooms of the BCCI. The blood, the mud, the screams and the exploding gunpowder are just distant and inconvenient, not very different from traffic during the Mumbai monsoons. Life must go on.

Its easy to ask for peace when you are a thousand miles away from the Line of Control, and your primary concerns are which party to attend this evening and where to get financing for your next film.

Peace is not a punch line. It is the end result of war.

There is a 10-year-old girl, Aditi, who under stands the nation and its ebbs and flows far better than Mahesh Bhatt and Karan Johar. See her letter attached. Then see the poster made by Mahesh Bhatt, which he so proudly displays.


I leave it to you to decide who speaks for you. My vote goes to Aditi. This little angel has the spirit of a soldier.

The others have mala fide intent.

Jai Hind.
Major Gaurav Arya (Veteran)



  1. Every indian must know this and i wish if this is published in all indian major spoken languages.

  2. Dear Sir,
    All kudos to Major Gaurav Arya for his sentiments,feelings & above all his spirit towards national interest.If Karan Johar,Mahesh Bhatt,Salman Khan & Anurag Thakur of BCCI happen to read above article, they should straight way come forward asking a big apology to the whole NATION.

    I take an opportunity to submit that our intellectual society pan INDIA has been keeping silence over the chain of events taken place since 28th September.What is the chemistry behind the whole drama being played by the politicians of the country? Very aptly Major Arya has asked the NATION to think of the plight of those widows & children who have lost their beloved ones for the country.

    I appeal every Indian to take a serious note of the situation prevailing in the country as on date and let us come forward by showing our solidarity to our ARMED FORCES.JAI HIND.

    Sergeant Banwari Lal Yadav

  3. karunakaran a ex havildarOctober 13, 2016 at 11:51 AM


    no soldier either side wants war, because they are the virtual victim first, more over pakistan was one of our integral part now stands apart due to partition. most people of pakistan as well as india do not want see the dead bodies of their own brothers in the event of war, once I heard in a TV discussion 90% of pakistan people desire to cancel the visa process instead they want direct access to india. we love each other and reciprocate the affection. some top brasses and misguided youths, fundamentalists resort to war human killing

    both countries intellectuals sit together to arrest this menace of war and terrorism

  4. I fully agree, trather like to go a step further and demand johars, bhatts, bachans etc of that community to carry LMGs and be with our soldiers at the LOC for a night. Are you dare enough. And bachan saab, hell with your solidarity. Do you realise, there are hundreds of widows, lost their husbands,children who lost thier father,parents lost thier sons. For you they aree all commodities to give away their life. You are alive because they gave their life. You will realise when you see your children, grandchildten move without limbs.

  5. Bollywood must pay one crore rupees to each martyred service man family.
    They have lot of money