Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur who had attracted social media storm earlier in the year for starting a campaign against Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), has been included in Time Magazine’s list of Next Generation Leaders for 2017. The student of Lady Shri Ram college had come into the limelight when she posted a picture of herself holding up a placard reading, “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP.”
Her post had gone viral on social media and attracted a lot of abuse and threats from ABVP supporters. Another video of her holding the placard with words, “My mother made me understand that Pakistanis did not kill my dad. War killed him. Today I’m a soldier too, just like my dad. I fight for peace between India and Pakistan. Because if there was no war between us, my father would still be here today.” also went viral on social media. It must be recalled that Gurmehar Kaur is daughter of Kargil war martyr Captain Mandeep Singh and her post had drawn severe criticism from celebrities including actor Randeep Hooda and Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag who took a jibe at her by posting a video in which he is holding the placard saying, “I did not score two triple centuries, my bat did.”
Despite being in the eye of the storm Gurmehar refuses to keep silent as she feels people listen to her. “Why should I keep quiet? While I never asked for it, I was pushed to the forefront. I realised that people listen to what I say. And if I have something positive to say, why shouldn’t I say it?” she was quoted as saying by the Time Magazine. She is the only Indian to be featured on the coveted list.