1971 war is remembered for the victory which India achieved by defeating Pakistan. We have lost so many people in the war, those were the people in the army who lost their lives on the border but there are other officers whose name were not revealed to the public.
One such story is what author ‘Harinder Sikka’ has written about in her novel named ‘Calling Sehmat’. The novel which took 8 years to get completed revolves around a true story of a girl named ‘Sehmat Khan’ who lives in Kashmir.
The name of the girl has been changed to ‘Sehmat’ as it is dangerous to reveal her real name. Author Sikka came across an Army Officer who shared the story about his mother, during the wartime of 1999 Kargil war.
Sikka said in an interview with a major media house in 2008, “I was very angry then and even questioned the patriotism of certain people in the intelligence department. There, during one such discussion, an army officer told me that not everyone is the same. I was not too convinced about it upon which he gave the example of his mother, much to my surprise. She married a Pakistani Army officer to provide India with classified information during the 1971 war. She was a Kashmiri Muslim.”
Recently Alia Bhatt’s movie, Raazi’s trailer was released, the movie is inspired by this novel, wherein she plays the role of a girl from Kashmir named ‘Sehmat’. Directed by Meghna Gulzar ‘Talvar’ fame. The movie also stars ‘Vicky Kaushal’ who plays the role of the Pakistani Army officer, Jaideep Ahlawat and many more strong characters which are bound to make this movie a super hit.
The novel talks about the efforts this young Sehmat is taking after she is trained as a spy, who is the daughter of a rich Kashmiri businessman. She is then made to marry a Pakistani army officer for the sole purpose of providing India with all the classified information during the war of 1971.
Author Harinder Sikka was so moved by this story that under any circumstances he wanted to know the whole story and meet that girl. He started searching for the woman and finally tracked her down who at that time resided in Punjab’s, Malerkotla area.
Sikka said that “All the information she passed on from there matched with the Indian intelligence report here.”
The spy was a true patriot and she helped ‘India’s pride on the sea.’ Pakistan was planning to sink India’s INS Viraat at that time and she was able to share this information with India.
This is one of the riskiest things to do, it seems to be easy but even if someone has a small doubt on you, you can be no more in the spy trade. Sehmat saves the pride of the country by going beyond her duty.
After the end of the operation, she returned to India pregnant with a child of her Pakistani husband and her son grew up to be an Indian Army Officer.
Sehmat in return for her service to the country wanted to unfurl the tricolour of the Indian flag at her house.
The book revolves around her life in college, how everything changes so drastically after she starts training for a spy and then how she tries to save lives of so many people while her infiltration in Pakistan.
Sehmat’s is the best example of patriotism because what she does it not in everyone’s capacity.
Sehmat Khan is no more and also her son is no more in the Indian army now.
Have you watched the trailer of Raazi yet? If not, watch it below: