Students against ABVP: Campaign by Kargil soldier’s daughter creates stir

Kaur has faced verbal backlash on Facebook, with many saying her father would not be happy with her supporting “anti-nationals”.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Updated: February 27, 2017 1:01 pm
ramjas college, abvp, jnu, ramjas college protests, abvp jnu students, umar khalid, ramjas protest, kargil soldier's daughter, abvp violence, indian express, india news, indian express news 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur

Following the assault on students of Rajmas college, 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of a slain Kargil soldier, decided to post a photo on Facebook to send out a message to the ABVP. A student of Lady Shri Ram College, Kaur posted a photo of herself holding a placard. On it is written, “I am Student from Delhi University, I am not afraid of ABVP, I am not alone, every student in India is with me.” Others have taken the cue and have begun posting similar pictures to lodge their protest.

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Speaking to The Indian Express, Kaur said, “India is a secular and democratic country and freedom of speech is a fundamental right. My campaign is about fighting for these rights and what has happened in Ramjas…Some of my friends, were beaten up, threatened with rape, verbally abused.”

DU student Kawalpreet Kaur (Source: Facebook/ Kawalpreet Kaur) DU student Kawalpreet Kaur (Source: Facebook/ Kawalpreet Kaur)

“I just want to make it clear that I took this stand for those who were beaten up in the name of nationalism. Yeh nationalism nahi hota hai. Nationalism woh hota hai — ki apne desh ki Constitution ki respect karna. Apne country mein youth ke liye stand lena. Apni awaaz uthana nationalism hota hai (This is not nationalism… Respecting the Constitution, standing up for the youth — that is nationalism)”.

DU student Shatakshi Shraddha (Source: Facebook/Shatakshi Shraddha) DU student Shatakshi Shraddha (Source: Facebook/Shatakshi Shraddha)

Kaur has faced verbal backlash on Facebook, with many saying her father would not be happy with her supporting “anti-nationals”. She, however, said her father would have been very proud. “My father would’ve been more than proud of me. Just btw. 20 year old speaking up for the rights of her fellow students? VERY PROUD,” (sic) she tweeted. She added that she will continue with her protest.

DU student Srishti Singh (Source: Facebook/Srishti Singh) DU student Srishti Singh (Source: Facebook/Srishti Singh)

Meanwhile, two online petitions — one addressed to the President, demanding freedom of expression in academic institutions and other addressed to the Delhi University proctor demanding action against ABVP and DUSU — have been gaining traction.

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    Ankur Gandhi
    Apr 12, 2017 at 11:06 am
    Why students don't want to learn and make India proud with innovations and entrepreneurship. these guys are making ABVP famous in attempt to bring themselves in limelight .
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      Bipin Bhardwaj
      Feb 26, 2017 at 2:55 am
      Fascists have no right to exist, Goondas parading as nationalists are the agents of Mussolini and Hitler, hiding themselves behind Hindutva and Nationalism. The enemies of freedom of expression, attacking molesting women is a European fascists Italian ideology and it has nothing to do with the Hindu religion, these enemies of our culture and heritage must be banished to save India and people, especially to save the honour of the women.
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        Rajesh
        Feb 26, 2017 at 6:43 am
        Ramjas incident shows how media is biased . Students from not only ABVP but also NSU from Ramjas also protested against permission for anti national elements supporting Kashmir issue to conduct meeting. No one or media protested against the attack of AISA goons from JNU on Ramjas students. It is sad that daughter of a Kargil martiyor supports these anti nationals. We are not afraid of anti nationals who supports Kashmir azadi
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          Joke
          Feb 26, 2017 at 1:58 am
          brahmin betrayer (whose ancestors worked 'closely' with British like the BUTCHER C P KRISHNASWAMI IYER) detect d.
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            IML sood
            Feb 26, 2017 at 3:04 am
            God forbid if what rightman says in his comments is cotrrect.These anti national elements have brain washed so many in these educational insutions.This has to be checked strongly.
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              Keerthana
              Feb 26, 2017 at 2:29 am
              If there is no ABVP presence in universities, they will gradually turn into mini stans. People must see that this is not politics. It is about preventing the islamization or stanization of India. This girl is not the voice of the youth of this country.
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                Keerthana
                Feb 26, 2017 at 2:40 am
                Look at the funding behind the IE and you will know why such articles are published
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                  Vemula
                  Feb 25, 2017 at 11:01 pm
                  Patriotism is the last resort of scoundrels!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Brahmins are very very patriotic!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Because they are not from out land!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And so they have to SHOW they are patriotic!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;That makes them true scoundrels!
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