“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
This quote by Mahatma Gandhi would ring constantly in Gurmehar’s mind when she was a young girl. She had been told that her father was a very strong and brave man who died fighting doing his duty towards saving the country.
As a kid all she wanted to be was “Strong”. Soon school, her mothers wisdom and literature provided her with a new definition of strong, the kind of strong that an adult Gurmehar felt the world needed.
An English literature student at Lady Shri Ram college for Women, she feels like her journey has been similar to that represented in the great anti war Epic by homer, The iliad. The society taught her to hate Pakistani’s and anything that she could relate to them but soon with a wider understanding of the world she understood the real enemy is War.
Her vision became more clear as she joined the on-going peace campaign called #profileforpeace started by a mumbai based Director and Political Commentator Ram Subramanian. She and Subramanian then released a video that went viral on the internet for the message that it held. Since the video, Gurmehar has been an active participant and contributor to the Indo-Pak peace process. Her journey has been one of self realisation and she feels that if she can move past her own tragedy of loosing her father and go ahead and work towards peace between the two nations, then why cant the rest of the citizens?
Her goal is, as she states in her video “that there are no more Gurmehar Kaur’s missing their father.”