Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag who was known for his explosive batting during his playing days has earned fame for different reasons after retiring. Sehwag has become an internet sensation with his tweets on the micro-blogging site. Sehwag is one of the few Indian sportspersons who do not hesitate in sharing their views on social media.
Virender Sehwag and Bollywood actor Randeep Hudda’s tweet in response to the stand taken by the Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur on the violence on the North campus last week has opened a can of worms on Twitter.
Sehwag directly took refer Kaur, the daughter of Mandeep Singh who was killed in the 1999 Kargil war in his tweet or to the violence in Ramjas College last week but posted a picture of him in a similar style. He wrote, “Bat me hai Dum! #BharatJaisiJagahNahi”.
Gurmehar Kaur recently started a campaign against ABVP demanding action against vandalism by the RSS backed group a day earlier. The campaign titled “I am not scared of ABVP” had gone viral in no time. Kaur changed her Facebook profile picture holding a placard that read: “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentagainstABVP”.
“This profile picture is my way of protesting against the tyranny of fear. If you are a student in any Indian university, in any Indian state and you wish to protest against ABVP then take a similar selfie and make it your profile picture. Use the hashtag #StudentsAgainstABVP and copy paste this message along with it. It’s time for every student of India to unite! Jai Hind! Jai Democracy!#StudentsAgainstABVP,” she added.
Actor Randeep Hooda also took to Twitter and backed Sehwag on his take on Gurmehar Kaur. Both Sehwag and Hooda received plenty of flak as well as praise for their tweets.
Journalist Shekhar Gupta was not impressed by the reactions of Virender Sehwag and Randeep Hooda. Tagging both, Gupta expressed his disappointment on their views, “Sad, from you, Viru & Randeep, big-hearted stars. Nobody’s patriotism needs certificates & hers has stamp of her father’s supreme sacrifice,” Gupta tweeted. Later the war of words turned into a heated argument as Hooda descriped Gurmehar as ‘political pawn’. “What’s sad is that the poor girl is being used as political pawn and it seems you are a party to it,” said Randeep Hooda.
Meanwhile senior journalist, Barkha Dutt too joined the conversation, taking on Hooda and Sehwag. Barkha Dutt took a strong objection over Hooda’s tweet calling Gurmehar Kaur a ‘political pawn’ and advocated that she has the freedom of expression. The actor then tried to calm the situation, asking everyone to ‘not politicise the young girl’s thoughts’.
A year ago, Gurmehar had posted a video on Facebook in her attempt to build peace between India and Pakistan. The video is being shared again after her DU tweet. In the video, Gurmehar is seen holding up a sign which reads “Pakistan did not killed my father, war did”. Gurmehar’s father, Captain Mandeep Singh was killed in the 1999 Kargil war.
This is what the other placards read: