Wars and Celebration?

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This whole week, there were many newspaper articles focusing on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Indo-Pak war.

Truly speaking, this concept of celebration just went beyond me; my petite brain was unable to comprehend the logic behind the celebration of a war. What’s the point of celebrating something which rather than making you better off just ended up making you worse off? War is something which I doubt will ever reap good results.

I read somewhere that “War is the last resort to attain peace,” well; this statement makes a lot of sense. Peace is the ultimatum, war is just an action to destroy the ones who are disrupting your peace, but ironically, isn’t war something which deepens the need of peace? If we scroll through the history, we can evidently see how wars have graved something all new to disrupt the peace and harmony. We cannot deny the fact that wars are mostly indecisive; they come with no good outcome to attain peace even if the objective was the same.

In India’s context itself if we see, the 1962, Indo-Sino war, it left us with the legacy of an unsettled and disputed border which is prone to frequent military confrontations.

The 1965, infamous Indo-Pak war which is being celebrated now, neither brought victory to Pakistan which initiated the war in the Rann of Kutch and later in Jammu and Kashmir nor peace in India which fought back tenaciously after being surprised. It had no decisive outcome either in Jammu and Kashmir or in the relationship between the two countries which is still so confusing.

The 1971 war, it did have an outcome, the creation of a new nation but at what cost? The cost benefit factor here seems negative to me. After all, there is no glory in the battle worth blood as its cost.

This discussion on the outcomes of various wars can go on and on…but the reasons for celebrating it are still beyond me…victory or no victory.


19 thoughts on “Wars and Celebration?

    Erika Kind said:
    September 28, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    You say that very clear. Mankind needs to understand that peace can never be gained in fighting a war. Aggression causes more aggressions. Only peace brings peace.

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      preetixd responded:
      October 1, 2015 at 6:05 am

      I so agree with you! 🙂
      I read this quote somewhere that “Mankind should put an end to war before war puts an end to Mankind”

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    Rajiv said:
    September 28, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Very interesting… Go deeper

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      preetixd responded:
      October 1, 2015 at 6:05 am

      Thankyou so much Rajiv 🙂 I surely will.


    hasmeetwrites said:
    September 29, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Totally agree with it. The ones who laid down their lives, leaving their parents, their infants, their newly married spouses alone; ask their families. Was it a celebration?

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      preetixd responded:
      October 1, 2015 at 6:06 am

      Exactly, on what basis is this war being celebrated? Is the indecisive namesake victory worth the cost of so many lives?

      Liked by 1 person

    Beparvah !! said:
    September 29, 2015 at 9:45 am

    This is civilisation…. Sad..
    This celebration might ignite another fire of enmity which will certainly claim more lives followed by families….
    Humanity will be again at loss..
    What to celebrate and what tho not… Is never been a puzzle…

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      preetixd responded:
      October 1, 2015 at 6:08 am

      I couldn’t agree with you more. War will just end up killing mankind in the end, its high time now.

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        Beparvah !! said:
        October 1, 2015 at 6:11 am

        Well I also said the same thing .
        In fact I said we should celebrate humanity instead of war victories which is based on killing of Human beings…

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        preetixd responded:
        October 1, 2015 at 6:15 am

        Yes yes! The world would have been such a better place to live if that were the conditions.

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    aishwaryabhuta said:
    October 3, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Nothing else can be expected in a country where a scientist (propagator of weapons of mass destruction) is hero-worshipped to an extent that he is made President.
    Wars, destruction, displacement- we can only admire the dark side of technology.

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    BunKaryudo said:
    October 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I think in general wars are something that it may be worthwhile to commemorate but I find it hard to think of one that I’d celebrate. Even World War II, which I’m guessing most sensible people around the world think probably ended with the better side winning, isn’t something I’d feel comfortable about celebrating. I’m delighted the Nazis lost, but so many people died on both sides — men, women and children. It was tragic that it ever became necessary to have a war to start with.

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      preetixd responded:
      October 6, 2015 at 8:22 am

      Wars are tragic. Even the winners lose, losers well, they obviously do.
      Commemoration is understood but celebration makes no sense.

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    Prateek Kohli said:
    October 6, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Very well said, Preeti ! Sometimes for a few selfish aspirations of a few a major chunk of mankind has to suffer. The sad part is that these are not exceptions now. These are happening at this moment in one part of the world or another. And celebration of destruction is as sad as the destruction but playing with emotions is, a well tested method to get public support and thus, power. Hope our generation gets your point. 🙂

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      preetixd responded:
      October 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      So true! Syria, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Sri lanka etc… So many countries are troubled with some kind of warfare, it maybe either a civil war or a religious war.
      Btw, do you understand the logic behind civil wars? What so civil about it? Pun Intended.


    Imran Ali said:
    May 1, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Life transcends far above simple gain and loss It is sacred and is laid down for a sacred cause


    Imran Ali said:
    May 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    it’s good to tell ourselves that realism, despite being boring, is the best medicine for our wishful souls


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