JNU row: Mohanlal pens emotional blog on nationalism, slams activists

What's the point of us living when India is dying, the actor asks
JNU row: Mohanlal pens emotional blog on nationalism, slams activists
JNU row: Mohanlal pens emotional blog on nationalism, slams activists
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Lamenting on the current situation at JNU and the ongoing discourse on freedom, Malayalam film star Mohanlal has written a blog titled ‘What's the point of us living when India is dying’.

The actor began his blog by saying that a few days ago he saw the picture of Lance Naik Sudheesh's four-month-old daughter being shown her father's dead body, a daughter who the solider had never seen. "In the same newspaper I read about the fight in our universities on what love for the nation is. Fights in assemblies, bar scam and other news stories too were there. I felt sorrow and shame at the same time."

Mohanlal said that as soldiers die for the nation, there can be nothing more shameful than citizens discussing what freedom and patriotism is.

The actor who has received the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army of India, also questioned the 'hypocrisy' of an average citizen who sits within the comforts of his or her house and criticises armed forces.

"We cover ourselves in thick blankets at the first sign of chill in the weather.. We have hot water to brush our teeth and take a bath. It is after utilising these comforts that we go to universities and offices and discuss about our soldiers, abuse them and question them."

He then said that while the common citizen enjoys these comforts, the soldiers spend their time mostly in solitude thinking about the families they left behind, the children they didn't see even once. "I read that even Pakistan was ready to help us retrieve bodies of soldiers in Siachen. Did we show even that much respect to them?"

He said that like a son or daughter cannot abandon their aged parent, we cannot distance ourselves from the nation. "Our country is the soil we stand on, the sky above our heads, the air we breathe, the water we drink and finally the piece of land that we will become one with as we die."

Stating that while he was not interested in the current discussion, the attitude of some left him disturbed, so he urged parents to speak to their children about what the nation means.

He concluded by saying that debates and discussions are essential to a democracy, but only if they will strengthen the democracy. "Any discussion that does not help us strengthen the freedom we have attained is meaningless and is an insult to the nation."

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