Martyr's Daughter in Eye of Political Storm; Facebook Post triggers Twitter War
A Facebook campaign against Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, against RSS-affiliated ABVP beccme the latest flashpoint between the government and Opposition on Monday.
Gurmehar Kaur, a Lady Sri Ram College student, has launched a campaign against the ABVP.
New Delhi: A Facebook campaign against by the daughter of a Kashmir martyr against RSS-affiliated ABVP became the latest flashpoint between the government and Opposition on Monday.
Gurmehar Kaur, a 22-year-old Delhi University student, had started the campaign 'I am not afraid of ABVP', following the violence at Ramjas College last week. The campaign went viral and received massive support from students of various universities.
She posted her pictures on Facebook holding different placards, including 'I am not afraid of ABVP' and 'Pakistan did not kill my father but war did'.
Sehwag shared an image of him holding a placard saying, "I did not score two triple centuries. My bat did." While many criticised Sehwag for comparing a cricket match to a war, many others, including Randeep Hooda, cheered Sehwag for his remark, saying, "She (Gurmehar) is being made a pawn”.
"Really sweet of you to encourage the hate I've been receiving. Makes me feel happy that I adored your work :) Pawn? I can think. I don't support violence perpetuated on students? Is that so wrong (sic)," Kaur said in a series of tweets in reply to Hooda's comment.
The twitterati reacted negatively to the actor's remark prompting him to get into a damage control mode. "What's sad is that the poor girl is being used as political pawn...It absolutely wrong..have a feeling it's not limited to that in interpretation (sic)" he tweeted.
"Don't call me a Martyrs (sic) daughter if that bothers you. I never claimed anything otherwise. You can call me Gurmehar," she tweeted.
Pratap Simha, BJP MP from Mysuru, tweeted, "At least Dawood did not use the crutches of his father's name to justify his anti-national stand." To mock Kaur, Simha also posted a photograph showing Dawood with the message, "I didn't kill people in 1993. Bombs killed them."
Rijiju also took to Twitter to take a dig at her. "Who's polluting this young girl's mind? Strong armed forces prevent a war. India never attacked anyone but a weak India was always invaded," the minister of state for Home Affairs said.
Talking to reporters, he later said, "One should not say things which could demoralise the countrymen and the forces. Everybody has freedom but that does not mean that you raise slogans to weaken the country."
Hours later, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu weighed in on the debate, saying the Centre doesn't support or endorse any violent group or activity. He claimed certain "misguided" sections were trying to mislead the young population and create social tensions, and hurt the sentiments of the people of India.
Attacking the Congress, Naidu said the people who had imposed Emergency, put restrictions on fundamental rights, people who put entire opposition behind bars and imposed censorship on the media are now giving sermons on freedom of expression. "The Congress imposed Emergency while the Left supported the black deeds of Emergency," he said.
Ramjas College had recently witnessed large-scale violence between members of the AISA and the ABVP. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid, who was accused of sedition last year, and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on 'Culture of Protests', which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the ABVP.Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram to know which candidate/party is leading or trailing and to know who has won and who has lost and by what margin. Our one-of-its-kind Election Analytics Centre lets you put on the psephologist's hat. Know interesting facts and trivia about the elections. Elections = News18)
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