Anna Hazare writes about Prashant Bhushan’s comment that a plebiscite must be held in Kashmir:
Some people talk incoherent things about Kashmir related issues but they are unaware of the fact that when I was in the army I had taken active part in India-Pakistan war as a soldier. All my colleagues attained martyrdom on the border during the war with Pakistan. But I miraculously survived.
It was then I pledged the rest of my life in the service of my country.
Even today you can see the marks on my forehead left behind by Pakistan’s bullet. This is my active conviction that Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so. Today once again if I have to, am ready to take part in war against Pakistan. But some people can only speak and don’t do anything on ground (in reality for Kashmir) and this is unfortunate.
Perhaps I’m so far removed from reality that I don’t see why a prior war against Pakistan is relevant in a debate about Kashmiri people. But I can see why he’d think that way — because few Indians think otherwise.
I’m guessing Israeli soliders feel the same way about Palestine and Chinese soldiers about Tibet. However, they’re wrong but we’re right. That, I’ll take a long time to understand.
It’s okay though; it’s not like any of those issues is disappearing anytime soon.