Families of Martyrs Don’t Want to Politicise Anything, We Should Listen to Them: Journalist Om Thanvi (Watch)
"The families of the martyrs are saying war is a ridiculous idea. We have lost our children and you are making election speeches about war."
Hindi writer and senior journalist Om Thanvi said that the families of slain Army jawans think war is a ridiculous idea and that we should listen to them. He also slammed politicians for making election speeches about war.
“The families of the martyrs are saying war is a ridiculous idea. We have lost our children and you are making election speeches about war,” Thanvi said, speaking to Karwan-e-Mohabbat — a civil society initiative for peace and justice led by of activists, writers and journalists — as part of an interview series, “Tathya”.
Without naming a political party, he added, “You are using the death of our jawans to wage war. And if anyone raises a question, you immediately justify war with the death of the soldiers. But these soldiers are from our families. No one from your family died. The families of the martyrs don’t want to politicise anything. We should listen to them.”
It is noteworthy that recently, the families of slain Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan Bablu Santra and Border Security Force (BSF) officer Vinay Prasad were reportedly invited by West Bengal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit on the pretext of felicitating them on International Women’s Day in Kolkata. To the families’ disappointment, however, they were forced to participate in a party rally which they refused. Santra’s wife Mili Santra had earlier urged the Indian government to hold talks with their Pakistani counterpart and avoid war.
“War is not a child’s play, where you declare revenge for the death of 40 soldiers (Pulwama terror attack). Thousands have been killed before. But if you think that the Kashmir issue can be solved by a war with Pakistan, then how do we deal with the naxal issue in Bastar?” Thanvi asked.
He noted that we have to win the trust of the people whom we have completely alienated. “When we can’t solve our problems with Kashmir and Pakistan with war, we have to win the trust and support of the people. We have completely alienated them. We have lost the trust of our people and we believe that this issue will be resolved by war. This is an immature talk. It’s just not possible,” he said.