How India and Pakistan are becoming more like America.
A previous comment stated "It is a whole different world over there, a distinctly un-American world." In fact in this film, Pathardwan is trying to show how India and Pakistan are becoming more like America. More American with pressures to build their military capability so they can be proud of their country. More American with leaders who pervert their religious heritage to justify national aggression. In addition to his Indian and Pakistan interviews the masses and lawmakers, he shows the efforts of the joint peace movements in those countries and how they are shouted down by the militarists and young men supporting the ruling party.
For perspective, the film shows the effects of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan and the American efforts to minimize these in the 1995 Enola Gay exhibit at the Smithsonian. "Not one congressman, Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal was brave enough to stand up to the McCarthy like tactics of the US militarists who did not want the American people to know the history that has been declassified in the last 50 years." Also, Pathardwan has added a coda after the credits, which shows the September 11th attacks and the military, political and religious response of the US. His final statement reiterates: the real solution is the Non Violence of Gandhi.
This film is useful in helping to understand what is happening in India and Pakistan. But it is even more useful as a mirror to what is happening in the United States, as we accede to the militarists' latest efforts to get this country into war.
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