Where the world will celebrate 14th February as Valentine’s Day, we, the Indians, from this year onwards will remember the shattering Pulwama attack in Kashmir which led to the heartbreaking deaths of 44 CRPF Jawans. The attack shook the entire nation and has left people grieving and furious. Many Bollywood stars including Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt among many others have condemned the act strongly and have sent their condolences to the bereaved family members.
Among those was also Kangana Ranaut, who was to hold a success bash for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, canceled the event to mourn the death of the martyrs. There is no doubt that the deadly attack speaks volumes of the cowardice of the attackers, Pakistan-based terror group, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
Ranaut, in a recent interview, spoke aggressively against the attack and also criticized it heavily. She opined that this time, the attack has been served as a dagger in our guts and none should resort to the humility of “non-violence” for our silence is being misconstrued. She stated,
“Pakistan has not only violated our nation’s security they have also attacked our dignity by openly threatening and humiliating us. We need to take decisive actions or else our silence will be misunderstood for our cowardice… Bharat is bleeding today, the killing of our sons is like a dagger in our gut; anyone who lectures about non-violence and peace at this time should be painted black, put on a donkey and slapped by everyone on the streets.”
The topic of imposing a cultural and sports ban on the Pakistanis has been a hot one ever since the government banned the Pakistani artists from coming or performing in India after the inhumane and unethical URI attack in 2016. And Indians are often seen defending the Pakistani artists, for they claim that the price of doings of the terrorists should not be paid by the mere artists.
But this time, when popular Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar and actor Shabana Azmi were sent accolades for strongly opting out of an event which was to be held in Karachi, Pakistan on the latter’s father, Kaifi Azmi, in protest of the cowardly Pulwama attack. Though many seemed happy about their decision, Kangana Ranaut had something else to add to it, as their gesture did not impress her much. On this, she said,
“People like Shabana Azmi calling for a halt on the cultural exchange — they are the ones who promote Bharat Tere Tukde Honge gangs… why did they organise an event in Karachi in the first place when Pakistani artistes have been banned after Uri attacks? And now they are trying to save face? The film industry is full of such anti-nationals who boost enemies’ morals in many ways, but right now is the time to focus on decisive actions… Pakistan ban is not the focus, Pakistan destruction is.”
Shabana Azmi reacted to her statements and stated,
“You really think at a time like this a personal attack on me can be of any significance when the entire country stands as one in our grief and in condemning this dastardly Pulwama attack ? May God bless her. Shabana Azmi.”
Though Azmi is right on the fact that it is morally not a right time for taking mud-slinging shots at each other, Kangana makes a strong stand against the people who carried out such a (once again) cowardly act. We just hope a justice worthy action is taken in honor of the lost lives of the brave men of the country, very soon.