New Delhi, February 28
Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who has been in the news for her Twitter campaign against alleged violence by ABVP at Ramjas College, on Tuesday tweeted that she was withdrawing from the Save DU campaign. Twenty-year-old Kaur, had started the campaign, “I am not afraid of ABVP”, following the violence at Ramjas College, which went viral and received massive support from students across various universities. “I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say…” Kaur said in a tweet. “I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take,” the student of Delhi’s Lady Sri Ram College said. She, however, did ask students to join the march that was being held in the Delhi University on Tuesday. “The campaign is about students and not about me. Please go to the March in huge numbers. Best of luck,” she added. “To anyone questioning my courage and bravery.. I’ve shown more than enough,” she said. Kaur, daughter of a Kargil martyr, launched a social media campaign against the ABVP after Ramjas College witnessed large-scale violence between members of AISA and ABVP supporters last week. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’ which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the ABVP. She posted a video on Facebook with placards, one of them saying: “I am a student of Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me.” She then allegedly received rape and life threats on the social media by some who called her “anti-national”.
Kejriwal meets L-G
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought the arrest of ABVP activists blamed for violence in Delhi University and said Lt Governor Anil Baijal had promised “strict action”. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader tweeted that he met Baijal and demanded the arrest of “those who caused violence in DU, shouted anti-India slogans and who threatened (student) Gurmehar (Kaur). “He (Baijal) assured strict action,” Kejriwal said.
I stand by my statement, says Minister
Rijiju claimed on Tuesday that his remark was aimed at “the Leftists” and that Kaur was “free to express her views”.
“I stand by my comments. Anybody who tweets on social media platform should be careful. But anyone with a contrary view should be allowed to speak. Gurmehar is a young girl and she should be allowed to speak her mind,” he told reporters here.
“When I said somebody is polluting her (Gurmehar’s) mind, I meant the Leftists,” he said, adding that threats issued to Kaur will be dealt with firmly.
“But someone is playing politics over the issue,” he said.
Rijiju also criticised the Opposition for their support of Delhi University students who were protesting against the ABVP for the simmering student unrest.
He accused the Left of “celebrating” whenever an Indian soldier died.
“In 1962 when the Chinese were fighting with us, the Leftists supported the Chinese. Even today when our soldiers die, they celebrate. They also go to the universities and try to mislead our youth,” he said.
The minister called Kejriwal of being an “anarchist” for supporting students “who wanted to cause trouble” and asked the Congress — which has also been critical of the ABVP over the issue — to “stay away because they had no ideology”. — PTI/ IANS