I am an ex-armyman. I was stationed in Kashmir in mid-nineties. This was the same period when hordes of militants from across the border infiltrated in Kashmir to spread terror. Lashkar-e-Taiba, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and scores of other terrorist groups were having a free-for-all rampage in Kashmir. They would infiltrate from Pakistan, recruit cadre, take them to Pakistan for training, bring them back and perform heinous acts of terror.

This was the same period when half a million Kashmiri Hindus and Sikhs were massacred and forced to flee the valley.

This was the same period when Kashmir burnt under fundamentalism. It was next to impossible to differentiate between a peaceful nationalist and a killing-machine.

Whenever a cricket match would happen between India and Pakistan, Pakistani flags would wave across the valley as if we were sitting in heart of Pakistan. Any minority voice who dared to wave the Indian flag would be silenced immediately by militants.

It was during such a reign of terror, that Indian Army had to douse the fire in Kashmir with their own blood.

If someone suffered most severe human-rights violation in history of mankind, it was the Indian Army in Kashmir. We left our families in different parts of India and survived under harshest of conditions. For days we would sleep over guns in harsh climate and remotest locations just to keep tab on infiltrating militants. Anyone of us could be bombed away in a sudden attack of fundamentalism. Innumerable among us lost our lives. I lost my hand like so many others who lost their limbs or eyes. To die in a bomb blast was considered lucky. Because if you chanced to be captured by the militants, you would be slowly and mercilessly tortured to death. Militants and their supporters took pride in this gruesome ‘halal’ ritual.

Remember Saurabh Kalia? He is definitely not as popular as Vishal Bharadwaj or Shahid Kapoor. Because he was not a film star who made money by exploiting national interests. He was a humble Indian soldier who gave his life for motherland. He was captured by fundamentalists along with 5 more soldiers. They were taken across Line of Control and tortured as a religious ritual.

Pakistan army tortured their prisoners by burning their bodies with cigarettes, piercing ear-drums with hot rods, puncturing eyes before removing them, breaking most of the teeth and bones, fracturing the skull, cutting the lips, chipping the nose, chopping off limbs and private organs of these soldiers besides inflicting all sorts of physical and mental tortures and finally shooting them dead after twenty-two days, as evidenced by the bullet wound to the temple.

This made the killers “Ghazi” – who as per these fundamentalists gets highest number of most beautiful virgins in Heaven. All you need to do to be a Ghazi is to celebrate killing of a non-believer.

These five soldiers were after all the worst of creatures in world in eyes of jihadis. They were Indians, soldiers and idol-worshippers. What could be greater sin!

I was lucky because I could have been in Saurav’s place. Had I not lost my hand, instead of Saurav Kalia, I would have been ‘halal’ed to make someone Ghazi.

This was the same period when Indian Army made greatest sacrifice to save India and humanity from reign of death and blood.

And it is the same period around which the film “Haider” by Vishal Bharadwaj, Shahid Kapoor and anti-India jihadi writer Basharat Peer has been made and adored by “critics”.

No struggle for liberation in Kashmir

Everyone on ground knows that there is no struggle for liberation of Kashmiris in Kashmir. If that had been so, why native Kashmiri Pandits would have been massacred?

You need to spend just a few days in the valley to understand the true nature of struggle that lies hidden under this garb of Kashmiriyat.

It is simply a ploy to extend the reaches of Islamic fundamentalism. The same fundamentalism of Al-Qaeda and ISIS that is shaking the entire world.

Kashmiri militants are brainwashed to believe that they will go to Paradise only after India is conquered by an army of Jihadis. Listen to speeches of Masood Azhar, founder of Jaish-e-Muhammad. He talks of Ghazwa-e-Hind prophecy where Prophet made conquest of India a precondition for opening doors of Heaven.

In name of religion, the same poison is spread in minds of Kashmiri youth to make them militants.

Go and ask opinion of any Kashmiri liberation member. No one will say that idol-worshipper can also be a good human blessed by Allah. On contrary, they believe that idol-worshippers are worst of creatures. The real hatred is against non-Muslims because as per them, their version of Islam is the only acceptable religion. All non-Muslims must convert to Islam or deserve hatred. This is exactly the same ideology that ISIS and Al-Qaeda follow.

The war against terror is a war against this fanatic mindset. None other than the Indian Army has sacrificed more to fight this war. We fought not only with arms but with love and service. The flood relief efforts in Kashmir in recent past is a clear example of the same.

Enemy within and outside

Yet Indian Army continues to face bullets from enemies and abuses from family. Today, on one side Pakistan is targeting Indian Army and minority locations in Kashmir with bullets. And around the same time, our own country-men create a film like “Haider” that paints Indian Army a villain.

On one hand, flags of ISIS are waved in Kashmir, and at same time, “critics” laud anti-nationalism of Haider as marvel of art.

Such co-incidences give ample evidence that somehow our enemies and certain elements from within our country consistently orchestrate great timing and coordination among each other that it is hard to believe that it was just a mere coincidence.

In Army, we are trained to observe such remarkable coincidences, understand what goes behind, and yet silently sacrifice ourselves for the mission of nation.

Haider shook me to core

I have myself faced irrepairable loss in saving motherland from anti-national militants. And my fellow armymen have made much larger sacrifices for the same cause. Thus the film Haider shook me to core.

It made me question for the first time – Whom are we fighting for? Whom are we defending? The same people who could make this film because of Army’s protection collude with an anti-national Jihadi writer to make a villain of Indian Army?

Is this the reward of our sacrifices that we continue to make? Are commercial gains and so-called artistic expression more important than motherland and humanity?

What if we had not fought terrorism by tooth and nail in nineties? What if we had not arrested the spread of terror to other parts of country through our own lives?

With friends like this, who needs enemies?

This is not a film-critics review. This is a review from perspective of an armyman, a lover of humanity and a son of India. A true secular who refuses to believe that God hates idol-worshippers so much that they will go to Hell. And aspires to fight against ideology that directly or indirectly nurtures such fundamentalist elements.

This is not rhetoric in jingoism

Unlike Haider, which is an experiment in fundamentalism, don’t consider the article to be a rhetoric in jingoism.

Yes, I love my country. I love my country more than I love anything else in life. I love my country not because I was born here or I am a native of this nation. It is not because I love the design of the map of India. It is because its timeless cultural and philosophical heritage that is built on core foundations of tolerance, acceptance and justice. So jingoism has no place for a nationalist and son of soil.

My nationalism does not make me aspire to conquer the whole world. It inspires me to enlighten the whole world. It inspires me to promote brotherhood across the globe and strive for “One World, One Family.” It inspires me to make India lighthouse of the world. I joined Indian Army not to conquer the world, but nurture and protect Peace that defines foundation of India.

I am not a movie-watcher. My mission never allowed me the luxury to fit movies or serials in my priority-list. But I made an exception for Haider.

Summary Review of Haider

While I will provide details later, let me state upfront – I find “Haider” to be a shameless commercialization of anti-nationalism.

No its not a rhetoric. This is the most “polite” way in which I can summarize the review of this film.

The more “practical” review summary is already being demonstrated by my Indian Army by appropriate retaliation to Pakistani misadventure of cross-border firing. Salutes to my Army for this. Am proud to lose my arm for you. And regret that I could not gift my life for you.

The Detailed Review of Haider

A. This is perhaps the first anti-Indian film that has been produced in India by Indians. Just as the film producers chose to showcase Army as criminals, I would prefer to call the film-maker and its sympathizers Jaichands.

B.The film has been written by Basharat Peer – a Kashmiri separatist based out of New York. Basharat Peer is well acclaimed for his hatred of India. He lived, studied and made career from what India gave him. But in influence of fanaticism, fundamentalism and perhaps some money, he chose to hate India. He openly claims that he holds an Indian Passport only due to compulsion.

Of course it is a pity that Vishal Bhardwaj and Shahid Kapoor and the rest of the gang who eat their bread from India chose to select a vocal anti-national to write their plot.

No, Basharat Peer is not a professional film writer. On contrary, this is his first such project.

In garb of producing Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the film team has done what Jaichand or Mir Zafar did, all for petty commercial gains.

C. The film has a clear anti-India tone. The protagonist is son of a doctor who also is a member of militant gang of Kashmiri separatists. The wife and brother of the doctor report presence of terrorists in home to military. Military catches the doctor and kills all the militants. The hero “Haider” is supposed to take revenge for this.

In entire film, all dialogues and all characters make one clear assumption – that anything and anyone who supports India is a bad guy. Anything and anyone who hates India or Indian Army or is a militant is a good guy.

The greatest crime of bad guys is that they believe in Indian democracy or chose to support Indian Army instead of militants.

D. Indian Army is shown to be tyrants. They torture even innocents brutally. In one scene, they castrate a young man during torture even though they knew he was innocent. The fact remains that despite all allegations, no evidence has been found of Indian Army torturing any innocent.

E. In one scene, Army asks all militants to shout “Jai Hind”. The father of Haider refuses to shout so, and hence is punished. In anger, he asks his companion to inform his son that he must take revenge for all this. Thus a “hero” is born from Haider whose only agenda in life is to kill those who love India. This continues without remorse till end of the film.

There is no mention of the fact that thousands or even lakhs of militants had infiltrated India during the same period. Only an anti-national can complain about use of “Jai Hind” to segregate militants from ordinary citizens. I can understand Basharat Peer to have hatred against “Jai Hind”. But why Shahid Kapoor and Vishal Bharadwaj?

For humble soldiers like me, “Jai Hind” is the only call for which we live and die. This alone is our mantra, our kalma, our slogan.

F. In last scene, after all killing and destruction, the hero heads towards Pakistan.

G. In the interim, there is an incoherent monologue by Haider on how India cheated Kashmiris and has illegally occupied Kashmir. He raises slogan among public who shout back that they want independence from India. This anti-India speech is supposedly a high-point of the film.

H. Kashmiri women have been portrayed as lose characters. Haider’s mother starts sleeping with her brother-in-law immediately after she gets her husband arrested by military for hiding militants. And immediately after death of her husband is confirmed, she marries. Further, she has questionable feelings for her son which is exemplified by unnecessary kiss scenes.

I.Another Kashmiri woman, Haider’s girlfriend is shown to have utter disdain for her religion. She refuses to touch Quran for vow and instead decides to sleep with Haider despite objections from her brother and father. She is confused between her love for Haider and love for India. And that confusion leads to problems for Haider.

J. These are the only two women in the film. Basharat Peer has played a very smart move here. It is evident that he has insulted Islam as well as denigrated Kashmiri women apart from insulting India. His real goal is not the benefit of Kashmiris. He seems to be inspired by Pakistan instead. That is why the hero finally leaves for Pakistan. Any Muslim who has slightest soft-corner for India is shown as negative.

K. In fact there is another set of characters who mimic Salman Khan – an Indian actor. They are shown to be friends of Haider who turn traitors and try to kill him under orders of police. But Haider kills them instead.

L. The father of Haider’s girlfriend is shown to be a spineless policeman who knows India is wrong in illegally capturing Kashmir and yet works against “Kashmiri freedom fighters”. He is the one who gives illegal orders to kill Haider in encounter.

M. There is a repeated use of word “Chutzpah”. It serves two purposes. First it fulfills the fetish of film crew to speak out an abusive word indirectly. Secondly, it is supposed to rhyme with AFSPA – Armed Forces Special Powers Act – that gives special powers to Army in Kashmir to fight terrorists. In one scene, Haider is seen mocking AFSPA along with his friends by mentioning it along side Chutzpah. It is used to ridicule India’s ‘illegal’ control over Kashmir.

The director ignores the fact that Chutzpah is a Hebrew word that is pronounced as “Hutspah” or “Khutspah” and not with “CH” as director’s fetish propelled him.

The irony is that AFSPA alone is the reason why the makers of Haider could make the film today!

N. Even apart from the obvious focus on anti-Indianism, there is nothing that the movie offers apart from long yawns and drags. There are scenes and situations where one is confused whether to laugh or take seriously. For example, two comedians who mimic Salman Khan suddenly turn villains. Some elderly grave-diggers near Pakistan border suddenly start singing and dancing out of context. They are revealed to be militants later.

O.There is a song “Bismil” where idol of “Satan” has been put on gates of Martand Temple in Anantnag and the hero sings and dances like devil. It is an obvious reference to the oldest Sun temple of world being a haven of Satan. After the song, hero attempts to kill his uncle. Several Hindu organizations have protested against this insulting depiction of a revered temple. The fact is that this temple represents the original “Kashmiriyat” that is being crushed under militancy and hatred.

P. The hero refers to Anantnag as Islamabad repeatedly when an army-man asks his destination. This is an obvious reference to affection for capital of Pakistan and refusal to speak the original Hindu/ Kashmiri name of the town in Kashmir.

The film makes no mention of the fact that the name Kashmir comes from Rishi Kashyap – one of the most revered Sapta Rishis as per Hinduism. The name Anantnag comes from Ananta of Naga tribe, who also happened to be son of Rishi Kashyap. Both these words predate “Islamabad” and the demands for separation of Kashmir by thousands of years. Kashmir has been the most important center of Shaiva philosophy – one of the most important components of Hinduism – way before even religion was born.

Q. The movie claims to highlight the ‘Kashmir cause’ but the makers restricted themselves to Indian Kashmir only completely forgetting the Pakistan and Chinese Occupied Kashmir and rights of Kashmiris therein. Perhaps because it was again the Indian Army alone that allowed these snakes to shoot the movie in its area which was not possible in China or Pakistan. And in the end, the snakes bit the hands that fed them. Makers of Haider left no stone unturned to demonize Indian Army but not a single word has been uttered against the rogue Pakistani Army or Chinese PLA.

R. Soft corner for separatists but not even a single mention of ethnic cleansing of half a million Kashmiri Hindus from valley in 1989 in whole movie. Clear attempt of fueling false sense of victim-hood among the already radicalized separatists but deliberately hiding the real Kashmiri issues. It is clearly the Pakistani line on Kashmir that the makers of Haider have toed. The movie complains that army would inspect, threaten and torture Kashmiris. But movie offers no solution to how else the army should have dealt with those who hide militants in home, hate India, are ashamed to say ‘Jai Hind’ and has every other member in family as a militant or receiving terror-training in Pakistan. When thousands of militants have infiltrated the border, Pakistani flags are waved en-masse during Indo-Pak match, and half a million non-Muslims are killed or forced to flee, what else can army do to stop terror from killing more innocent lives? It does not matter whether it is Kashmir or Kanyakumari. If any person or group supports terrorists, or has family members indulged in terrorism, or are ashamed to say “Jai Hind”, then they deserve most thorough scrutiny and punishments. This is necessary to contain terrorism. This is not human rights violation. This is protection of human rights of innocent millions.

In general this movie has one agenda – to portray the following as villains:

  • Muslims who love India
  • Women who love India
  • Hindus who love India
  • Armymen who love India
  • Kashmiris who love India

Conclusion

No I don’t call for ban on the film. The era of information control through bans is far over.

What I call for is to use this film as a lever to educate our fellow Indians and world about Kashmir. How militants destroy peace in Kashmir, how Pakistan destroys peace in Kashmir, how filmmakers mock true Kashmiris, true Muslims and true Hindus, how paid journalists like Basharat Peer bring bad name for Kashmir as well as India despite being Kashmiri. And how Indian Army has made greatest sacrifices in history of humanity to protect peace in Kashmir.

It is time to create national awakening on Kashmir issue, fight Pakistan and Kashmiri separatists in most ruthless manner to bring peace in valley and India. Indian Army is doing a fabulous job on the border. Lets do within the border and internationally to support their sacrifices.

Many critics and “experts” have claimed that “Haider” is a bold masterpiece. One reason why many frustrated minds are calling it masterpiece is obvious – despite their predictions, a so-called right-wing party came to power with absolute majority in recent elections. This is despite their top-of-the-mouth out-of-the-court pronouncement of judgement that the incumbent Prime Minister is a mass-murderer. Somehow public could not be conned by these fake allegations. And the massive victory frustrated them to core. So they will leave no option to proclaim any junk as masterpiece so far it is against the proclaimed stand of incumbent party. In case of Kashmir, it is also clear that this stand of zero-tolerance for militancy in Kashmir is also voice of people.

As far as it being a “bold” movie, I fully agree. It is indeed a bold experiment. Almost as bold as Pakistan’s recent bold experiment of cross-border firing in Kashmir. Or their “chutzpah” in 1947, 1965, 1971 and 1998 that eventually bankrupted the rogue country.

And I agree that such boldness be better countered with even more boldness.

Please note that I am not against Pakistanis or Kashmiris who are fed up with violence. My love for nation makes every peace-lover in the world my best friend. But for sake of this peace, my love for nation calls for total annihilation of those forces or voices that promote militancy in any manner whatsoever.

As far as liberation of Kashmir is concerned, all this talks about plebicite or Nehru’s promise in 1948 is completely irrelevant. It was a blunder that few weak voices were allowed to partition the country whose borders have been decided since ages by nature and which nurtures the oldest civilization and culture of world uninterrupted till date.

No more partition can be tolerated. Period. If majority in Kashmir want separation, then the same rule should apply to every house, every lane, every mohalla of India. Tomorrow I may claim that 6 people of my home want to be independent country – we form full majority – hence grant us freedom. This is foolish talk.

Kashmir was always integral part of India. And shall remain so. The entire drama of separatism in Kashmir is a ploy to annexe a major part of India for fundamentalism – in lines of ISIS and Al Qaeda. The whole world is seeing results of rise of this fundamentalism. It is time we join together to crush it.

If a few silly films like Haider come up to rake up and further the cause of fundamentalists, we must use them as well to further the agenda of peace, tolerance and integral India.

My humble appeal would be to not waste your time and money watching such anti-national “pseudo-intellectual purgation”. Better donate it for Indian Army or PM Relief Fund to help Kashmiris suffering from floods and ignite the cause of nation.

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This article is dedicated to Indian Army which has scripted the most befitting review of “Haider” and all such anti-national antics through its valor in Kashmir. My salutes to these heroes of nation.

Jai Hind. Vande Mataram

For second review of “Haider” by the Soldier, please read http://agniveer.com/the-soldier-reviews-haider-again/This article is also available in Hindi here

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aishwarya mishra
A standing ovation to such a great writing sir..the truth you shared \ brought tears in the eyes of real Indian.Many of the Kashmirs are not in support of this violence but yes!.It is a warning to the separatists that if you want to leave then leave but dont dream… Read more »
Ammz

I think India and Pakistan should spare Kashmir and let them have their own state…

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Dheeraj Sanda

now he did another shit movie udta punjab

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ashu
Movie is having mention of Pandits being displaced and killed, so the time era is today’s. The movie is having slight anti-India overtone, but in overall it displays mindset of today’s average Kashmiri youth. Corruption and abuse of power and law is common practice, and when this movie shows that… Read more »
Kashmiri Kafir

Heartfelt salutes to our Army. In our culture, ‘kritaghanta’ is a sin. Had it not been for the army, all us ‘kafir’ non muslims would have been ethnically cleansed from Kashmir long back in 1947. The track record is right in front of you in PoK and Pakistan.

anjali

Pakistan is equally responsible for lost of life in valley eveyday.As things stand, India is the best option for Kashmir,
and you know what – it is also an integral part of
India. (the repetition is on purpose)
This post was originally written by RESHUB PEER(A KASHMIRI) in quora forum.

Anjali
For the sake of argument, lets just say Pakistan doesn’t do that ( very improbable), Kashmir will be a country surrounded by three nuclear powers and that is quite a precarious position to be in. In terms of resources, Kashmir will be low on human capital and will effectively have… Read more »
Anjali
Becoming a separate country is the worst option for Kashmir. If Kashmir is ever declared a nation of its own, within seconds of removal of Indian army from Kashmir, the Pakistani Army will attack and try to conquer that land (similar to 1947-48) and Kashmir will have no chance. My… Read more »
Anjali
it is mistaken when people say that ” Kashmiris are willing to go with Pakistan ” (Please note I am talking about the Kashmir still under Indian jurisdiction and not PoK or what you might call Azad Kashmir). I have been following my motherland’s sentiments and politics for years now.… Read more »
Anjali

Indian soldiers went to an
extreme to wrestle it back, because of its strategic
importance. Lets say India gives away Kashmir to
Pakistan. With all the natural barriers removed, the
Pakistani army then has a clear run into internal
parts of India, and well today its Kashmir, tomorrow
they might want Punjab.

Anjali
Kashmir is an integral part of India. Please understand that this is the most important reason. India aspires to be a superpower and superpowers don’t just give away an integral piece of their land just because their neighbour is throwing a tantrum. From a strategic point of view, the mountains… Read more »
Akanksha

Shahid Kapoor, Haider movie actor promotes anti-nationalism. I think he and pk actor Aamir Khan have been respected by Pakistani media, people and Lashkar-E-Taiba founder Hafiz Said.
I would suggest to watch Bang Bang movie instead of Haider which was released on the same day.

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SARATHI
Namaste brother Oh really!! u know dat many kashmiri pundits suffered alot…. thank God brother u r saying about poshpora kunan but what about those innocent kashimiri pundit’s women.. They were also raped in the name of islam and AZAADI …. where were u dat tym?? how can our army… Read more »
Servant of allah almighty
Servant of allah almighty
in poshpora kunan. Dont you see that also …. Do you know how many innocent teenagers have been killed here from 1990 till 2014? Do you know how many people were arrested because they didn’t carry id cards and they are lost till this day? Do you know how many… Read more »
Servant of allah almighty
Servant of allah almighty
army raped in kashmir its not a fabricated story world knows about the black deeds of your army done in poshpora kunan. Dont you see that also …. Do you know how many innocent teenagers have been killed here from 1990 till 2014? Do you know how many people were… Read more »
Servant of allah almighty
Servant of allah almighty
Agniveer you are always acted like an asshole (farding from mouth). I am a kashmiri I see how much your army is sober and innocent . I have been seeing that from my childhood the most humane work of army that I can recall is of kunan poshpora where they… Read more »
Ranjith Vadiyala

I have decided not to watch movies of SHAHID and VISHAL BHARADWAJ.

APARAJEYA SHANKER
I personally think that this movie, like most Bollywood movies, is bilge. Indians are proud of their Army, and everyone knows that a movie on Kashmir, is not going to be a pretty one. War is hardly fair, and the ones who have suffered are not only the Kashmiris, but… Read more »
Bhagwad
The author observes that he fights for India, yet shows utter disdain for the values that make India special – Freedom of Expression is what separates India from China and Pakistan. And he openly advocates its removal. I’m sorry, but India is not just a geographical entity. It’s an idea.… Read more »
Geet
Author too has a freedom of expression, no? And also has mentioned that he’s against banning the film. What’s your point? From text: “No I don’t call for ban on the film. ..What I call for is to use this film as a lever to educate our Indians and world… Read more »
Bhagwad

But he doesn’t care about the freedom of expression of someone who doesn’t feel like saying “Jai Hind” apparently.

Geet
2. In such a hostile situation with one’s territory densely populated with terrorists, IndianArmy has every right to be suspicious and investigative to ensure that citizens of India are able to protect and maintain their right to freedom of expression (and right to act cute when lethal enemy is standing… Read more »
Geet
@Bhagwad 1. A very cute point raised by you. But did you not see the situation in which movie is made? A war is going on. Not only the enemies are across the border,they are within our territory. There were militant insurgents in almost every 2nd home in the area.… Read more »
Sam

Army, because of you we live peacefully. Great article, and hits the nail on the head.

Suhaas
I personally saw it in totally another perspective. I felt haider wanted to show Kashmir’s trysts with destiny, the way things are being affected there due to divisive elements and that too due to no ones fault at all. Everybody was doing what they were supposed to do and still… Read more »
Vinisha Kataria
Profound. Well, the amorous relationship between mother and son is Oedipus complex which can also be seen in the original work, Hamlet. I was deeply troubled when the entire Bollywood started sucking up to Bhardwaj and Peer for it. Thanks for it.. BTW, I am a wannabe writer. Wanted to… Read more »
Rohit Bhangle
I think you got it all wrong. The movie is not about Kashmiri militancy and painting Indian army as a villain. Indian Army is too awesome for any of us to pass any comments on it. The movie is about a doctor. Who values humanity and life mirmore than borders,… Read more »
nita

yes sir..i still remember saurav kalia although i get confused between vishal bharadwaj and vishal dadlani…salute to you guys.

Ashin Mandal

People really don’t get how nested replies work, do they?

Yogesh Khatu

With u indian army…Have personally seen it when i was in jammu 3 yrs back. Travelling in an auto we were discussing about the terrorist attacks in kashmir… to which the auto driver replied “Humare Jawan shahid ho gaye”…he was referring to the terrorist as their jawans…..

Smarajit Biswas

Hats off to the Indian Army…….Jai Jawan…..Ji Hind ……..Vande Mataram & our position would be zero tolerance against napakistan.

Sankar Banerjee

I am agree with Sri Sanjeev Agniveer.

But at the same time I also want to mention that the film maker’s are not against the anti-nationalism.

Bande Mataram

Umang

I am confident our army is capable enough to track down militants without committing human right violations on civilians (euphemism for murder and occasionally rape).

And if at all these violations occur – in a world’s largest democracy, the victims deserve to demand a fair trial in a civilian court.

Sankar Banerjee

But it not happened with Sourav Kalia and his team, which is very much shocking.

Umang

They don’t need the total immunity that AFSPA grants them unfairly

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manish kumar
calling film maker a anti-nationalism is not justified. the film portrays the method by which fundamentalism brain wash the innocent young kashmiri. the torture story of indian army was depicted by the fundamentalism to brain wash haider and hence it cant be real.the fundamentalism were only interesred in killing khurram… Read more »
Ravindra Garg
In India it is considered progressive to abuse Indian culture, traditions, customs, ethics, religion, language, dress and every thing that is Indian. By doing so one considers himself modern. Nationalism is backwardness. We feel proud in ashaming everything of which we should have been proud of. A filmmaker is also… Read more »
Ravi Kapoor

Hats off to the brave soldier who has written this review. Hats off to the Indian Army..Jain Hind. Vande Matram.

Mir
To colonise the people of a land like Kashmir turns Mother land for those, who do not know the History of his/her mother! LAND That was also colonised by British and britishers have left specific two things first “to be proud what you did rather than repent” second English language… Read more »
Varun Choubey
I remember, Vishal Bhardwaj campaigned for congress during the assembly elections. Can’t imagine congress using such abysmall means. A similar logic was supported in the movie Shaurya. Kashmir was, is and will remain an integral part of India no matter what. Kashmir contains the relics of the Shaiva Idealogy of… Read more »
zuhaib
I am from kashmir but let me admitt here dt whatever the movie Haider has shown is 100 cent right Regarding the rescue by Army men during the floods,they only rescued Vvips not an aam admi……and i remember dt night in NIT when hindu students begged the army personal for… Read more »
Rustum
Like many others, I too did not find the movie “Haider” anti-army or exploiting anti-national interests. It tried to capture both the viewpoints, including that of so called “anti-nationals”- from a neutral, humanistic standpoint. This article, however is strongly biased and not written in good taste. Not that I expect… Read more »
sd

Rustam bhai. Tum hi Shakespeare ko jante ho. Aur koi nahi. 🙂 Btw, besides your love for Shakespeare, do you also know the names of some Indian writers/poets. I bet, you don’t.

Kanan V. Jaswal
A soldier’s review of the film, Haider, shows to what great extent the so-called intellectuals can go to malign India and its brave army in order to earn appreciation from their real masters in the western countries! It is so surprising that those countries, themselves, now victims of the Islamic… Read more »
Chinar

Dear Sir,

after watchin d film i was bit confused…whether dis movie is made by Indians…..

i was really disappointed bcoz i love my country….nd i really feel sorry for Indian soldiers dat how they r portrayed in dis movie…..

Jitin Jain
Thanks for sharing your perspective and it is a much needed one. I truly respect the sacrifices made by Indian army in Kashmir. My words cannot fill in the sacrifices they have made. However, I agree with your points : 1. when you talk of kashmiri pandits being thrown out… Read more »
Indian
I believe there is no issues of rights in Kashmir……… Or may be in Israel…….., but “these people” have a knack of killing and mutilating ……….. Else there would haven’t any any problems in countries where there is close to 100% islamist population. eg Afghanistan. Egypt . Turkey siriya…… They… Read more »
Indian
I believe there is no issues of rights in Kashmir……… Or may be in Israel…….., but “these people” have a knack of killing and mutilating ……….. Else there would haven’t any any problems in countries where there is close to 100% islamist population. eg Afghanistan. Egypt . Turkey siriya…… They… Read more »
Rahul
Why we are expecting bollywood to be patriotic which itself runs entirely on black money of underworld!!!! These morons are so brainless that they can even sell their motherland for money…. so being a true indian ,it’s our sole responsibility to inhibit such efforts of bollywood which is primarily involved… Read more »
K M
It is sad that we Indians have completely lost our feelings for the nation. In Asian Games, so many sportspersons were tortured and harassed by Koreans, but the sports authorities are getting their salaries for taking action against those sportspersons who protested, and not the Koreans. The Pakistani party AAP… Read more »
Piyush Dayal
(O) – Sorry to say that i never watched any news or heard from anyone about the “protest against the insulting depiction of a revered temple” Sorry to say but the 5 agenda which are mentioned after last point “R” i never felt like that in movie. I respect Agniveer… Read more »
Piyush Dayal
I also read this article and as mentioned in the article in this age of information anyone can share his/her views and it gets viral. I’m also an Indian i also love my country as anyone else. I have seen the movie “Haider” and have no doubt in saying that… Read more »
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