What will history say about the Maoists or Kashmiri freedom fighters?

Posted: December 22, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Slice of history films like Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey provoke thoughts beyond the film itself.

The way we read the history and as shown in the film, these freedom fighters appear to be gallant and brave, and fighting for a just cause. And yet, at the time, they rebelled. Went against the system. Were violent. Hurt and even killed people.

History written from a different point of view could easily have painted them as gruesome villains of the peace.

Which brings me to the point of what really motivates the so-called freedom fighter?

Be it the school teacher and students in Bengal or the ultras in Kashmir or Assam or the Maoists?! What makes them go headway, at times killing people, causing a lot of damage, and fighting what’s usually a futile cause (from a winning point of view), and yet they carry on. With passion, dedication and commitment. WHY??

Is it the same reason why soldiers go to the battlefield, knowing fully well that they may not return back at all?

I don’t have serious answers to this.. only questions. And I am keen to know the answers! Will tomorrow’s kids see Kashmiri ultras as freedom fighters, will they serenade the Maoists as the heroes who fought with their lives to get their own country? There is always a point of view, and looking at one side only tells half the story. Only a few crazy folks can walk into a spray of bullets for no reason. The rest who do, do believe that they are sacrificing their lives for a bigger cause, and it is worth it.

Without bias on what side they are fighting for, I do appreciate the level of motivation that gets a person to walk into a sure death, because he believes that his cause and his land requires that sacrifice. Few can do this.. !

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