Lady Shri Ram College student Gurmehar Kaur’s campaign against the Ramjas College incident turned ugly when celebrities from sports and cinema fraternity labelled her with anti-national charges on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

A day after former Indian cricketer Virender Shewag and Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda triggered a war on Twitter for mocking Gurmehar Kaur, Olympic Bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt shared a meme on Twitter comparing Kaur to Hitler, Osama bin Laden and Salman Khan.

 


Poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar on Tuesday also jumped into the controversy by terming Sehwag and Dutt as “hardly literate player, wrestler”.

 

Akhtar even aimed the government with his tweets.


In his response to Akhtar’s tweet, Dutt reminded him of his Olympic achievement. He was quoted saying, “You may have authored poems and stories. But even I have made history for India on the world stage.”

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Monday posted a series of tweets on the same controversy. The tweets read, “Who’s polluting this young girl’s mind? A strong Arm Force prevents a war. India never attacked anyone but a weak India was always invaded.”

He also said that “freedom of expression is not a license to shout anti-national slogans in campuses. Criticise the government but don’t abuse the motherland”.

After fighting for a week now, Gurmehar Kaur on Tuesday decided to distance herself from the ‘fightback DU’ campaign and left Delhi.

First Published | 28 February 2017 9:15 PM
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