I am referring to a whole lot of comments that originated on the Halwara set of posts. On 05 Jul 20 Pallav had set the ball rolling by one sentence in one of his comments which read: Even that is without prejudice to one’s scepticism about the “necessity of war” or the general principle of trying to root out violence with greater violence.
On 19 July Pradeep Added his thought on the subject: i do agree with you, wars are indeed a ‘serious business’ apart from the veneer of ‘swashbuckling romance’ that can be applied on them
In reply to this comment by Pradeep, Pallav wrote a rather long note which impiled that coming of 10 million refugees cannot be and also cannot be accepted to be the reason for the 1971 war. After all, India was adding 12 million new citizens by birth every year at that time, so another 10 million would hardly matter.
Following this comment by Pallav, Mark wrote: I like the way you write and what you write. Thank you for both; being eloquent and opinioned, it makes the reading easy but more than that you speak for those of us who believe what you but fall short of being able to do so eloquently. Thank you so much.
And Pradeep added
In continuation of this discussion Pallav wrote a longer follow up note which contained the comment: Nonetheless, for lessons I learnt from the likes of Air Cmde. Sen, I attempt to publicly voice only what I firmly believe in. And in most cases, to have plenty of logic to substantiate my arguments.
It became obvious to me that my romanticized narration of memories of a war long gone by has stirred emotions in a new generation and that made me happy. However, it also seems to have raised sincere questions in their minds that needed to be discussed, not only because of the sincerity with which the questions were propositioned, but also because a clear divergence of generational outlook on social norms became visible that needs to be addressed. Since this Blog of mine, dealing only with my memories and my feeling of days gone by is not a proper forum for a discussion of such a nature; I have created a new platform styled “Vitarka” at tksvitarka.wordpress.com. I now invite all of you who whish to join in that discussion to please visit the new blog and participate. Thanks.