Savdhaan India, Feb 28, 2013
Terrorism, that face of human anger, hatred and revenge; that face that chooses to destroy other human beings; the face that instills extreme fear and horror in the hearts of everyone. As Mohnish Bahl spells it out, horror, destruction, fear these are the other names of terrorism. Ruled with the hands of weapons of destruction, this is a face, which has no faith, no religion, and no humanity. And fear drives human beings to do the unthinkable. Living 20 miles away from the Indo-Pak ceasefire line, in a small hamlet in Rajori district, the innocent and simple people occasionally get pulled into immensely unfortunate and tragic situations due to these insidious infiltrators.
Hakim Noor Mohammad saab, God's good man, rushes out before completing his meal because a neighbour, Shaukat, seeks help to treat his injured 'relative'. He soon realizes that the injured is not a relative but a terrorist, shot grievously in the leg. Hakim saab refuses to treat the suspect and could easily have been seriously harmed by Sikander the mastermind, had Hakim Noor's daughter, Rehana and son Akram not arrived looking for him. To avoid further trouble, Shaukat convinces the compatriots to let him go. They do, threatening dire consequences should he open his mouth. But Hakim Noor is a fearless and upright citizen, and he informs the police, who happen to be on patrol, right there.
Not only are terrorists trained to use sophisticated weapons, but as Mohnish tells us, they are also made capable of easing themselves out of tricky situations, armed as they are with latest technologies and 'proper identifications'. The injured person is mysteriously 'hidden', the others manage to hoodwink the police easily enough. Whatever may have been their nefarious purpose or focus of activities in Rajori, now Mohnish reflects grimly, they are bent on avenging themselves on Hakim Noor Mohammad Hussain, who not only refused to help them, but dared to report them to the police. Hakim saab is anxious and puzzled that the police did not nab the culprits; but somehow, strange as it may appear, the complacent police inspector had not the slightest concerns. At such points in time one always thinks, if only the inspector had been more astute!
Sikander audaciously sends a marriage proposal for Rehana through a distant shady cousin Zubeida and her husband, to the Hakim. Not only does the latter shoot it down, he also registers a complaint of harassment and expresses his fears for the safety of his daughter. Sure enough the police sounds a 'warning' to Sikander through Shaukat… but again, no proactive step is taken. The inevitable happens, Rehana is kidnapped, in broad daylight. Mohnish Bahl highlights the plight of the shocked, broken and distraught parents, whose world collapses around them, and again their only recourse is to rush to the police for help. Now the police gets into the fray and get far enough to Zubeida's confession at having aided Sikander in the kidnapping, but no one knows where she has been hidden.
Rehana, is petrified and distraught; commending her courage Mohnish tells us that though her predicament was immense, her courage was greater as she manages to escape. Tearing off her bonds against a nail in the wall, with ingenuity, she hoodwinks her guards and escapes. But Mohnish expresses the grave foresight. With her small success of escape, she still is very far from her destination of safety. To escape from Sikander the terrified girl hides in the forest. She passes a relentless night of paralysing fear but is driven by a strong inner courage. As Mohnish says, petrified as she was, her thoughts were focused entirely on her parents and brother. Somehow, with her own courage and determination, she finally finds her way home the next morning. The emotional reunion with the family is the relief of the moment for this terrorized girl. They go back to the police and the inspector now swears by justice! Police protection is provided, but the two policemen are mere pawns as Sikander and his companion mow them down. The terror begins anew. The family runs as the demons chase. They all get separated… The police meanwhile, searching for Sikander, chance upon the parents who are also trying to escape as also find help for their children. But Akram is caught by Sikander. Rehana sees her kid brother in the jaws of death. She musters exemplary courage, overpowers the companion, and with his machine gun mows down Sikander.
When you have courage then you can take on the greatest challenge declares Mohnish Bahl! Rehana's courage merits the highest praise says charged up Mohnish! Not only did she save her brother's life but also, she actually killed the chief terrorist, Sikander. Soon enough all those people who had given support or shelter to Sikander are rounded up. Monish reiterates the warning – giving shelter to any criminal is an offence anyway, but to shelter or support a terrorist is an offence under IPC section 120, and is punishable with life imprisonment. Should there be an act of terror and the allies are party to that then their crime, points out Mohnish, is punishable, not only with life imprisonment by additional punishments. Fear begets fear. And that fear goes on to create an all-pervading atmosphere of fear. But brave Rehana, says Mohnish with pride in his voice, proves that by facing even stupefying fear with an iron will and determination, you can overpower it. The Government of India honoured Rehana for her incredible bravery. If a girl like Rehana could be found in each family in our country, in each home, the perpetrators of crime cannot dare to raise their evil eye, declares Mohnish. "You too can be a Rehana!" is Mohnish Bahl's encouraging clarion call to all the young girls of today. With an endearing and warm smile he says, all you need is courage and dynamism to face the challenge! With that incredibly positive note, Mohnish bids us goodbye – stay safe, happy and secure with Savdhaan India, as India Fights Back!