Days after terrorists attacked an army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir and killed 18 Indian soldiers, Malayalam actor Mohanlal said terrorist activities are nothing but shameful acts.
In a blogpost on Wednesday titled "Amar Jawan, Amar Bharat," the actor, who is also a lieutenant colonel with the territorial army, wrote that Pakistan had yet again attacked India without shame.
“The use of the word shame is deliberate, because terrorist activities are nothing but shameful,” Mohanlal wrote in Malayalam.
Quoting from the Vyasa Mahabharata, he said that attacking soldiers who were asleep was the highest level of cowardice.
“The Uri attack has proved it. It also proves that terrorists can attack India only when it is sleeping. The fact that the rest of the world will bow down if India wakes up (decides to retaliate) is history,” he added.
Emphasising that he was by no means a warmonger, the actor said that he does not desire to witness war outside of films.
“I am also aware of the consequences of war. But I am not so against war, that I will tolerate the enemy’s weapons killing our soldiers. To prevent and retaliate against attacks is part of a country’s agenda, one that has a strong military force,” Mohanlal wrote.
Slipping into a tone of sorrow, the actor said that he could imagine the dreams the martyred soldiers might have had, and their family’s sorrow.
As a lieutenant colonel with the territorial army, he said, he has been witness to the challenging circumstances in which the soldiers on the border live.
“The Indian army guards the territory despite trying circumstances only to safeguard our lives. I know that there are armchair intellectuals who argue that these soldiers are paid for what they do. I welcome such people to go spend at least an hour at the border, where one can stare death in its eyes,” Mohanlal said.
We should realize that an enemy is an enemy, no matter what. In unison, let’s say, “Amar Jawan, Amar Bharat.”