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Salman 'Tubelight' Khan on peace with Pakistan – if wishes were horses, beggars would ride
I've a confession to make before I begin this article: I've hardly seen any movie of Salman Khan and I'm not his fan like Bollywood's crowds of admirers. In fact, I belong to the generation that had loved Motilal, Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Guru Dutt and Raaj Kumar.

The other excuse – I can't concentrate for 3 hours in an activity that fails to click and inspire me. I'd some other names like Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Sanjeev Kumar on my favorite list. No, not even Shah Rukh and Aamir Khan could ever find their place in my 'to see' movies list. So, naturally, I'm not entitled to comment upon their acting prowess as I can't recall any of their performances in its entirety.

Of course, news stories on these actors interest me just like they find favour with the general public. I recently got to know that superstar Salman Khan, who is currently busy with the promotion of his film 'Tubelight' which is based on the Indo-China war of 1962, has ventured to speak about peace talks between India and Pakistan, at a time when the relations between the two nations are at a new low.

The heartthrob of millions of youth around the world in general and India in particular, while speaking to the media said, "War is not a sensible move. Nobody benefits from a war. There should be peace with Pakistan. Those who order war should be given guns and be told that you should fight first. Within a day, the war would stop and their hands and feet will tremble.''

As expected, Bajrangi Bhaijaan's words triggered a great controversy – a new TRP war for the "tamasha makers" of small screen. All daggers were instantly out of sheaths against the popular actor who was once seen flying kites with the then CM of Gujarat and now the Pradhan Sevak (PM's choice of words) or Prime Minister of India.

I'm not so sure of the IQ levels of these filmi Kalakars and their words can't be taken as gospel. However, irrespective of so many statements – good, bad, silly and idiotic, made in past by the film star's galaxy, this one from Salman of all the statements is smart, logical and daring. It is simple common sense that is difficult to digest for pseudo-nationalists who believe that a war would ever bring a solution of India's neighborhood maladies. Here, I must reproduce the famous nazm (Urdu poetry) of great Urdu poet Sahir Ludhianvi that I might have already quoted in one of my articles:

"Khoon apna ho ya paraya ho,

nasl-e-adam ka khoon hai aakhir;

Jang mashriq mein ho ya maghrib mein,

aman-e-alam ka khoon hai aakhir.

(Nasl-e-adam : humanity, mashriq-maghrib : east-west)

Jang to khud hi ek maslaa hai,

jang kyaa maslon ka hal degi;

Aag aur khoon aaj bakhshegi,

Bhookh aur ehtiyaaj kal degi.

(masla : problem, ehtiyaaj : needs)

Bartaree ke saboot ki khatir,

khoon bahana hi kya zaroori hai?

Ghar ki tareekiyan mitane ko,

ghar jalana hi kya zaroori hai?

(bartaree : greatness)

Bomb gharon par giren ke sarhad par,

Rooh-e-taameer zakhm khati hai;

Khet apne jalein ke auron ke,

Zeest faaqon mein tilmilati hai.

(Rooh-e-taameer: Spirit of construction, Zeest: Life, Faaqon mein tilmilati hai: Wrecked by starvation)

Tank aage badhe ke peeche hate,

Kokh dharti ki baanjh hoti hai;

Fateh ka jashn ho ke haar ka soug,

Zindagi maiyaton pe roti hai.

(Kokh: Womb, Baanj: Barren, Fateh: Victory, Jashn: Celebration, Soug: Lament, Maiyaton: Corpses)

Isliye ae shareef insaano,

jang taltee rahe to behtar hai;

aap aur ham sabhi ke aangan mein,

shama jalti rahe to behtar hai."

Yes, I was a child when the humiliating conflict between India and China erupted though I can still recall a lot of horror of those days. I remember the 1965 Indo-Pak war which was followed by the death of prime minister Lal Bhahadur Shastri in Tashkent; it was only yesterday when 'Bangladesh' was carved out of the map of Pakistan. East Pakistan was rechristened as the new Amar Sonar Bangla.

I was in the Middle East when Iraq and Iran fought their internecine protracted war. In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait over an argument about economic and diplomatic issues. I was very near to the place where Saddam's rockets were falling in and around Dhahran, KSA.

I'd seen the refugees flooding in from Kuwait after Saddam had captured the small rich Arab state. And again, during the 2003, invasion of Iraq that lasted from March 20 to May 1, 2003 when the combined force of troops from the US, UK, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq. So, I know and I've the first hand experience of the death and destruction that war accompanies. And every war had been more hellish than the previous one. War is a misery.

"I support this proposal and agree with this great and important initiative to abolish militarism and war. I will continue to speak out for an end to the institution of militarism and war and for institutions built on international law and human rights and nonviolent conflict resolution." — Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it." — Noam Chomsky

"We must work to end all war because: 1. In war there are no winners, only losers; 2. To thrive, humans need peace, which cannot be created by war; 3. We need all our ingenuity, creativity, technology and will to find a solution to runaway climate change. We cannot afford the military-industrial complex." — Sally Reynolds, Abingdon Peace Group

The war monger politicians and TV studios must be told of the bitter reality that 90 per cent of the casualties of war are civilians including children. Wars are not making us more secure, but creating more enemies. We have to checkmate our culture of violence; we have to snip in the bud the provocation of animosity around the world. The costs of war are too high in terms of human, social, environmental and economic spheres. Even the pothers of war diminish the bonds of humanity. It destabilizes communities and nations; and scars the entire human family.

Let me advocate that war is obsolete. It is a solution worse than any problem it presumes to solve. We have but to rely on time tested conduits of diplomacy, negotiation and even meditation.

"Humanity can no longer afford war for two reasons: 1) We need all our resources to deal with the consequences of climate change and peak oil; 2) War is too wasteful of both human and physical resources to be further utilized or tolerated by the human species. Indeed, nuclear war, which remains a major threat to the world as we know it, would likely make our planet uninhabitable for our own species and many others." —Peter Bergel

Salman Khan is talking sense. He shouldn't be misunderstood. He doesn't need any certificate of 'Desh Prem' from 'Bhagwa Thekedars' of Rashtriyata. He is more popular and doesn't need cheap publicity for his new film.

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