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My new book ’26/11 UNFORGIVEN’

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Wars need to be ended, not stopped. There’s a difference between the two. We’ve fought four wars with Pakistan so far, but each time we stopped before we could complete the war. We ought to have let the war run its course the first time in 1948 itself. We could’ve won the war then, without losing more than hundred thousand lives that we’ve lost ever since. Even in 1971, we completed the war on our eastern borders for Bangladeshis, but failed to do so for ourselves on the western borders.

After more than seventy years, the issue of Kashmir lingers on, and continues to be exploited, both by vested interests outside the country AS WELL AS INSIDE. Mumbai attack on 26/11 is a classic example of this. Quite like the issue of Kashmir, the next of kin of victims of 26/11 also continue to wait for a closure. Nothing much, except the ridiculous and failed dossier diplomacy, has been done to heal those wounds.

And hence it remains- 26/11 UNFORGIVEN

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26/11 UNFORGIVEN, launch at Nagpur

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As I said in my talk, wars need to be ended and not just stopped. There’s a huge difference between the two things. Had UN been around during the second world war it’d have stopped it in the middle and allowed Hitler to continue to rule Germany. God only knows how many more Jews he’d have gone on to kill. In Kashmir, we didn’t allow the war to be completed in 1947, 65, 71 as well as in 1999. And we continue to pay for that blunder. We have lost more than a hundred thousand lives since 1947 because of our problems with Pakistan. Had we allowed the war to be completed, I’m sure this issue would not have cost us this much. Stopping a war before it completes its course prolongs the pain as the issue which caused the war doesn’t go away. It lingers on and on, till it brims over once again leading to another war. This is exactly what has happened with us. Even in 1971, we completed the war on our eastern border for benefit of Bangladeshis but didn’t do it on the western borders for our own benefit.