India’s queen of melody Lata Mangeshkar is turning 87 on September 28 but has said that she won’t celebrate her birthday looking at what happened in Uri.
Mangeshkar is saddened
by the fact that 18 Indian soldiers died “so brutally in Uri” and says there is darkness all around.
“Everything has changed. Human beings and even the climate is now unpredictable. Extreme weather conditions play havoc with our lives. I am deeply saddened to see children suffer in natural calamities and during war.”
She is though very hopeful that there is no war, and Pakistan stays happy and live in peace with India.
“Why hurl bombs at nations? Hatred kills. Why not work on making our own country beautiful?…Woh (Pakistan) khush rahen shanti se rahen (I hope they stay happy and stay in peace). Aur humen bhi khushi aur shanti se rehne den (And let us also live in peace and be happy). I know the people there are just like us. They want peace. Only some elements don’t want peace.”
On the occasion of her birthday, she also made a special request to all her well-wishers and said that they “don’t waste money” buying her flowers and gifts and instead just send that money to the bereaved family of martyrs.
Lata also added “Jo shaheed huey hain unki zaraa yaad karo qurbani” and condemned the attack in Uri attack via her tweet.
She then went on to make a contribution to the newly-created ‘Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties Fund’ so as to do her bit for the martyrs family.