Colonizing Minds: Love and War

By Saeed Ullah Khan Wazir.

The impetus for this article is the Hindi Movie Fever; 2017.This thriller depicts murders and mini wars in the name of love and relations.

Colonize, colonization and colonizing means control, possession, domination and excusive capture.

Why empires, nations and countries try to colonize? Why nations, people, groups or individuals fight wars? Why it is said ‘everything is fair in love and war? Is it right to kill someone in in war or love? Can humans take life of others for the sake of love and war?

What is the purpose of Love and War?  Possession…………

The great wars, especially WW1 and WW11 were fought for getting or taking POSSESSION of lands, resources, people, route, etc. The Afghan invasion by Soviet Union  and America, Iraq attack, crisis in the Middle East, and Africa are life-like examples of taking control and possession of “others and unpeople”.

The war over Helen of Troy (the most beautiful woman of Greece and the indirect cause of the Trojan War), was purely fought over Helen, between Troy and Sparta which devastated the two countries and resulted in ruthless elimination of all lovers and disloyal lot. The cause and consequence of it was, simply, the much-valued POSSESSION of Helen, wasn’t it?

The well-publicized love stories of Mughal Emperors are well-documented in prose and poetry.  Even in the Holy Wars, occupying foreign lands and capturing war prisoners were taken for POSSESSION AND CONTROL. So, it is clear that love is universal; however the difference lies in its relative explanation.

The question of everything is fair, if it is, disturbs my mind which compelled not impelled me to write this patchy hotchpotch of random thoughts. While watching the movie, FEVER Hindi movie, amidst of tense, boring atmosphere and mind boggling CSS exam schedule, I decided to pen something down as a way of getting rid of something persistently obsessive.

Nationalism is also love for which people go to war as one’s country tends to be one’s beloved.

As a worshiper of aesthetic manifestations, I strongly believe in true, genuine and mutual love which transcends all worldly considerations of wealth,status,riches  and class differences.

A million dollar questions are as follows:Are girls more emotional,expressive,responsive and genuine in love than boys? Do boys always betray this noble cause by indulging in micro-cheating (peripheral relations with other girls through internet and social media or girls do indulge in the same activities? Does love signify coming into relation with someone means one should boycott the whole world on part of either party? What grounds one can take into account by justifying killing someone for one’s love? Do not concubines and mistresses share love? Is the only aim of love is marriage and matrimonial life? Is love only possible between two opposite genders? Cannot inanimate objects necessitate love?

Girls often say: East or West males are males – D.Boys say girls are born to be tricky and servile – B.Neither position hold any relevance and are based on personalized assumptions and experience. Humans are good by heart no matter male or female.

The yesterday cold blooded murder of  MBBS student, Asma Rani, by her supposed lover, Mujahid Ullah Afridi, was it a love or masochism? Does Zainab’s cruelest, inhumane, barbaric  murder  constitute love too as pedophiles do claim the love cute flower like children for quenching their bestial instincts  or was it crime against all humanity? I am sorry for discussing these two critical events here.

Every lover claims

In this part of the story I am the one who
Dies, the only one, and I will die of love because I love you,
Because I love you, Love, in fire and blood. 

KEATS says

I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion – I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more – I could be martyred for my religion – Love is my religion – I could die for you…

Artistic beauty

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: 
Its loveliness increases; it will never 
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep 
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep 
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing. 

In short, we love for ……. POSSESSION …. COLONIZING the much loved BELOVED PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY…, Apology in anticipation …

If LOVE is mere getting control of another, then war is both justified and inevitable ….And remember WAR is always a great calamity…Causing losses both in blood and treasure.

From my perspective, life is a combination of multiple, diverse and varied events. Nature dictates balance and symmetry in all walks of life. My point is to say it clearly that LOVE and WAR are critical, sensitive issue which require tact, intellect and unique acumen.

About Author:

The writer contributes to different English Dailies and Magazines. He specializes in English Linguistics and Literature and teaches CSS and PMS English Essay and Precis papers at CSS PMS Knowledge Builders, a well-reputed forum for competitive exams students. He can be reached at


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