With the Indian Army’s surgical strike against Pakistan making headlines and current Indo-Pak relations tense, nationalistic sentiments are coming from every corridor. While people all over the country have come forward and expressed their view on the current political climate, there is one social activist whose statements have made a particularly deep impact.
Anna Hazare, whose life will soon be seen on celluloid in the biopic Anna: Kisan Baburao Hazare, recently spoke about how, at the age of 79, he would still like to rejoin the army and fight for his country.
During the promotional tour for his film, Anna said,
“If Pakistan doesn’t listen and if need be, I’ll go and fight at the border.”
Hazare was drafted in the Indian Army in April 1960, where he initially worked as an army truck driver and later served as a soldier. During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, Hazare was posted at the border in the Khem Karan sector. He was the sole survivor of an enemy attack.
It seems that passions, which are running high on both sides, are not subdued by age, caste, or creed.
Anna, directed by and starring Shashank Udapurkar, is slated to release October 14, 2016.