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Ramjas College Row: After Javed Akhtar's 'Hardly-literate' Jibe, Yogeshwar Dutt Hits Back

Gurmehar Kaur, a second-year Lady Sri Ram student who took social media by storm after taking on ABVP, has received support from the people from all walks of life.


Updated:February 28, 2017, 7:54 PM IST
Ramjas College Row: After Javed Akhtar's 'Hardly-literate' Jibe, Yogeshwar Dutt Hits Back
A TV grab of Gurmehar Kaur (L) and police patrols outside Ramjas College. (Image: CNN-News18/ Sunil Singh)

New Delhi: The Twitter war over a campaign by a Kargil martyr’s daughter against the ABVP turned ugly on Tuesday, when celebrities and sportspersons traded charges on the micro-blogging site.

A day after former cricketer Virender Sehwag earned the ire of twitterati for “mocking” Gurmehar Kaur, Olympic bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt shared a meme, comparing Kaur to Hitler and Osama bin Laden.

Lyricist Javed Akhtar took exception to Dutt’s post and without naming him or Sehwag tweeted about “hardly-literate” players and wrestlers trolling Kaur.

Akhtar also took aim at the government.

The tweets were against Union ministers who have been coming to the defence of the RSS-affiliated ABVP since the violent episode at Ramjas College on February 22.

Hitting back at Akhtar, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt reminded him of his Olympic feat. "You may have authored poems and stories. but even I have made history for India on the world stage," he said.

Earlier in the day, actor-turned-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt took a dig at actor Randeep Hooda, who had shared Sehwag’s tweet and said Kaur was “being used a political pawn”.

Sehwag's reaction to Gurmehar Kaur's post also did not go down well former Union minister Shashi Tharoor who said he was "disappointed".

Stand-up comedian and columnist Ashish Shakya also took to Twitter and stood shoulder to shoulder with Kaur.

Raghu Ram of the Raodies fame also weighed in on the debate.

Author Ravinder Singh also backed Gurmehar Kaur.

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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