Gurmehar Kaur, the daughter of a Kargil martyr who’s silence speaks louder than words in a four-minute video posted on Facebook. 19-year-old girl, uses a series of placards to convey a strong message of peace between India and Pakistan.
Gurmehar, who lives in Jalandhar, lost her father Captain Mandeep Singh in the 1999 border conflict when she was only 2.
She says her piece in 30 placards in English. “I have more memories of how it feels to not have a father,” she shares. “I also remember how much I used to hate Pakistan and Pakistanis because they killed my dad.”
At 6, she writes, she tried to stab a woman in a Burkha – “because of some strange reason I thought she was responsible for my father’s death.” Gurmehar says her mother held her back and made her understand that it was not Pakistan, but the war that killed her dad.
“Today, I’m a soldier just like my dad…I fight for peace between India and Pakistan.” The message of her video is that she wants the “governments of both countries to stop pretending and solve the problem.”
“We cannot dream of becoming a first world country with third world leadership,” the teenager comments.
There’s “enough state-sponsored terrorism, enough state sponsored spies, enough state sponsored hatred. Enough is enough”.