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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                    Saurabh
                    Feb 26, 2017 at 7:35 am
                    ABVP is most shameless organization in India.
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                      Saurabh
                      Feb 26, 2017 at 8:56 am
                      ABVP - " Akhil Bharatiya Voilence Parishad"
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                        Saurabh
                        Feb 26, 2017 at 8:48 am
                        All ABVP members must be kept in zoo because they are specimen of newly found genes of terrorism.
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                          Shubhank Kushwaha
                          Feb 26, 2017 at 6:21 am
                          Abvp is the group of bjp and rss.
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                            Simba
                            Feb 26, 2017 at 6:55 am
                            Congrats to these brave kids!!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;W of India supports these kids fight back ISI agents RSS/BJP/ABVP and their affiliates.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Recently RSS/BJP leaders and members were arrested for being ISI agents.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This shows why RSS talk so much about "patriotism" it's because they are feeling guilty and are over compensating out of fear of getting caught.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Just like the guy who f-arts in the room is the first guy to start pointing fingers at others.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;SOLDIERS ARE AT BORDER FIGHTING ISI, INDIANS WILL FIGHT INTERNAL ENEMIES AND ISI AGENTS LIKE RSS/BJP/ABVP.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;You can see ISI/RSS/BJP traitors down voting this comment cause I exposed them.
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                              Simba
                              Feb 26, 2017 at 7:25 am
                              See the ISI-RSS connection.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;After stan RSS is the biggest source of terrorism in Indialt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS/BJP are indicted in 17 RDX bomb cases against Indialt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS member Godse killed the father of the nation - hilt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Few years back one RSS member had said that RSS is under ISI control. That person was later found dead. Google it.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS/BJP opposed India growth for 70 years!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;ISI/RSS/BJP opposed lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;consution lt;br/gt;Tricolor flaglt;br/gt;Equal rights for women lt;br/gt;Equal rights for dalits lt;br/gt;English lt;br/gt;Computers lt;br/gt;Pro development policies in 90slt;br/gt;GSTlt;br/gt;FDIlt;br/gt;Land billlt;br/gt;Nuclear deallt;br/gt;Aadharlt;br/gt;MNREGAlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now we know why ISI agents RSS/BJP hate congress... lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;it's cause congress didn't let ISI/RSS/BJP destroy India and turn us into Hindu version of stan.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We have arrested 2 ISI/RSS/BJP agent for anti Indian activities recently, but others are still at large flooding Internet with lies and conspiracies to destroy India from within.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;See the ISI/RSS/BJP traitors down voting my comment cause I exposed them.
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                                Raj
                                Mar 30, 2017 at 1:00 am
                                We girls have guts and b-lls. Where are the dudes?
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                                  abhinav
                                  Feb 26, 2017 at 7:00 am
                                  why is media showing just one side of the story????lt;br/gt;there r many supporting abvp too.....
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                                    abhinav
                                    Feb 26, 2017 at 5:40 am
                                    why show just one side of the story??....lt;br/gt;some people are supporting abvp too....
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                                      Mathurwa
                                      Feb 26, 2017 at 3:08 am
                                      Can a person who openly can not think beyond kabristan and shamshan do any good for India which is a a multi ethinic country. W need an leader to lead and not a pleader who speaks his clients language without any responsibility.
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                                        Mathura
                                        Feb 26, 2017 at 4:55 am
                                        Can a person who openly can not think beyond kabristan and shamshan do any good for India which is a a multi ethinic country. W need an leader to lead and not a pleader who speaks his clients language without any responsibility.ABVP represent's such leaders.Gulmehar has caught the bull by horn. Well done
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                                          ak dev
                                          Feb 26, 2017 at 3:20 am
                                          AISA members have their mouth wide open and talk louder than others. For them abuses and accusations is called debate. They are simply nusense.to students and should be expelled from university.
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                                            ak dev
                                            Feb 26, 2017 at 3:26 am
                                            Vemula will fake his dea th certificat e in the h ell also.
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