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Tanmay Bhat's Tale of a School Debate on Kashmir is What You Need to Read

This speaks on so many levels

Updated:September 19, 2016, 5:03 PM IST
Tanmay Bhat's Tale of a School Debate on Kashmir is What You Need to Read
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The terror attack at Uri in Kashmir that killed 17 soldiers has resulted in renewed discussions of retaliation by the general public. Twitter all day today, 19th September, has been an odd mixture of "nuke them" and "doodh mangoge toh kheer denge...".

Within all the commotion, Stand-up comic Tanmay Bhat of All India Bakchod decided to tell a little story about a debate that happened when he was in school. This supposed 8th grade school debate had a sensitive issue like "Should India go to war against Pakistan over Kashmir?" as the Topic.

Bhat's story involved him speaking against it and his opponent using a simple parable like throwing stones till the breaking point as his argument. In this supposed story, Bhat's opponent ended his "argument" with "Bharat Mata ki Jai" and got a mass response from all the students.

While as a story, it does speak on several levels about knee-jerk decisions and blind jingoism, it seems pretty unlikely that any school would pit 13-year-olds against each other in such a volatile and politically charged debate. Fake story or not, it still is an entertaining and intelligent read.

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