Why Sukhpreet Kaur is a national heroine

She won’t stand for a bad bargain

“Myself and my daughters would never like Sarabjit freed in exchange for any hardcore Pakistani terrorist lodged in Indian jails,” Sarabjit’s wife, Sukhpreet Kaur, told PTI.

Ms. Kaur said that for the family, “nothing is above the nation and we can’t go against the interests of our motherland.” [The Hindu]

19 thoughts on “Why Sukhpreet Kaur is a national heroine”

  1. I simply hope that there are millions more of such brave souls. Is there a way to donate money to the Kaurs? to help them vade through such difficult times. I think Indians must stand behind such heroic souls and do everything possible.

  2. Do you remember a news editor’s sister-in-law (she is wife of a communist party leader) protesting in front of the PM’s home during IC-814 drama?

  3. I cannot disagree more with her and with you Nitin. Nationhood is a hazy concept in this matter of life and death. The Indian state is not threatened either way. Unless he explicitly signed up for death while serving the Indian state (which he may have) his primary duty (as is his loved ones’ and his country’s) is to see his life saved. How much the state is willing to bend is another question – we all remember Jaswant in Kandahar.There is nothing heroic in facing an unwarranted and possibly negotiable death sentence. It’s foolhardy.

  4. >>There is nothing heroic in facing an unwarranted and possibly negotiable death sentence.

    For him. But for his family to say that they would rather not see terrorists freed in exchange for his life is heroism to me. The cynical amongst us may say that it’s no big deal to sacrifice a relative’s life because it’s not your own, but how many of us are willing to do even that much?

    The ruckus that relatives of IC-817 created (with ample support from a rogue media) resulted in the NDA government panicking and releasing hardcore terrorists who went on to kill many more people. If Sarabjit has to be saved by letting terrorists walk free, then some more innocent lives are at stake. Are their lives negotiable because we don’t know yet who they are?

  5. Why a “Friendly captive”, who happens to be the daughter of a Indian Home minister is never remembered ?

  6. Libertarian,

    Oldtimer has explained it. It’s about her. She has let public benefit prevail over her private benefit. She is struggling to get her husband released, but she doesn’t want to secure his release at any cost. I think such public spiritedness must be applauded wherever it occurs.

    In India’s case, the state has bent way too far. People have more spine than what the government’s actions would suggest, but it is actions like those of Sukhpreet Kaur that add the credibility.

  7. I think that she shouldn’t have to stand for a bad bargain. She should not have to. It is her job to wish for the safe return of her husband. It is the job of the Indian state to declare that it would not be blackmailed into releasing terrorists and that it will not ever negotiate with terrorists. That she is compelled to make this statement should make the Indian government hang its head in shame.

  8. PM and Sonia Maino should hang themselves for not showing the courage and bravery of this great woman of our great nation.
    Let her courage inspire the rest of India to put their nation first. I am extremely moved by this lady’s courage. Inspirational stuff…

  9. I simply hope that there are millions more of such brave souls. A forlorn hope if there ever was one. Today there is only one – Sukhpreet Kaur and her near and dear. If there were a million Sukhpreet Kaurs we would be living in a different India, not this one led by crooks, charlatans, fools, cowards, and thugs, and voted into power by millions of fools. No Sukhpreet biji, we are not worthy of your sacrifice. We are a very small and undeserving lot. I hope every relation of the IC184 passengers hears out Sukhpreet Kaur and hangs his head in shame or better still disguise themselves when walking around in public. What a contrast – such courage, after the vilest and basest cowardice. Libertarian, the Indian State faces millions of threats every moment, and dissolves into the depths of obscurity a little now and a little then, simply because every threat is seen only by itself – as inconsequential. If it survives at all it us due to Sukhpreet Kaur.

  10. Atanu: It is the job of the Indian state to declare that it would not be blackmailed into releasing terrorists and that it will not ever negotiate with terrorists. That she is compelled to make this statement should make the Indian government hang its head in shame.

    Thank you. That’s what I meant to say.

    Nitin, OldTimer: by showing her “courage” (and effectively condemning someone to death – no matter that its someone so close to her) she’s letting the Government of India get off scot-free. They have a duty to Sarabjit that transcends whatever anyone else has to say – and that includes his wife. By giving these weenies in the GOI a backdoor, she’s muddying the waters and irreparably harming his case. It’s not for her to decide when enough is enough as a compromise.

  11. Libertarian,

    In principle I agree with you. But government positions are political resultants: as we saw in IC-814, the government is prone to bend over to satisfy vocal interest groups. So it is necessary for a powerful voice to rally in favour of doing the right thing. It could come from Nitin or from Mrs Kaur. Mrs Kaur, in this case, has much greater credibility than Mr Pai.

  12. libertarian, I don’t think she is giving GOI weenies a backdoor – in fact she is shutting it down for GOI, for headline seeking politicians, and more significantly, for terrorists apologists in our self-proclaimed secular media.

    I don’t think she has condemned anyone to death – she surely wants and seeks her husband’s release.

  13. Raghu, you didn’t mention why she was protesting, to release or not to release ???

    Shankar, he was treated after that incident. So he won’t lose sleep after these kinds of incidents. US has Bush and we have our PM; we have to forget those kind of statements after a laugh.

  14. Nitin: It could come from Nitin or from Mrs Kaur. Mrs Kaur, in this case, has much greater credibility than Mr Pai.

    Fair point. Hopefully it has the opposite effect (as Atanu and Chandra pointed out) and shames the GOI into action.

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