Famous Poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar has weighed in on the controversy over 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur's remarks, criticizing cricketer Virender Sehwag and wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt who were seen as trolling her. His tweet, slamming them as "hardly literate player, wrestler", however, has triggered a fresh storm, with hundreds rushing in to defend the two sportspersons and slamming the author who was honoured with a Padma Shri in 1999.
Mr Akhtar's tweet, which triggered a lastest controversy, read
If a hardly literate player or a wrestler troll a pacifist daughter of a martyr its understandable but whats wrong with some educated folks
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu)
Soon after Mr Akhtar's tweet, Mr Yogeshwar Dutt replied to his tweet, in Hindi, which said, "Sir, you may have written poetry and stories, but I have also made history for India on the world stage"
— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) February 28, 2017
Cricket Mr Sehwag, who had earlier posted his photo, holding a placard which read "I did not score two triple centuries, my bat did", today said "
it was not intended for Gurmehar". "My tweet wasn't intended for Gurmehar. It was plain fun but people construed the other way," he told India Today.
As Mr Javed Akhtar's tweet got 1,200 replies -- most of them something less than complimentary -- the former Rajya Sabha member hit back with another tweet:
Mr minister , you have condemned the left by falsely accusing them for celebrating soldiers killing n not a word about AVBP. Grossly biased
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) February 28, 2017
This one was directed at Union minister Kiren Rijiju, who had said that Ms Kaur's mind was being "polluted" and later clarified that the remark was directed against Leftists.
Both of Mr Akhtar's tweets drew a barrage of criticism.
Okk so now to defend that girl
— Humor Silly - HMP (@Humor_Silly) February 28, 2017
@Javedakhtarjadu Are you undermining their achievements just because they had a contrarian view and calling them names.
— Dr Shobha (@DrShobha) February 28, 2017
So @Javedakhtarjadu sahab, a hardly literate Indian or a human being has right to live, right to freedom..or this rule also applies to them?
— Paresh Rawal fan (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) February 28, 2017
Ms Gurmehar Kaur, the 20-year-old daughter of a soldier, is being trolled relentlessly by celebrity and everyone who came across the incident, she was threatened with rape after she posted a message protesting against the BJP-linked student body ABVP. Even an earlier you tube video shared post from her, that said "Pakistan did not killed my Dad. War killed him, this quoted bulk of attention and drew vicious criticism.
New allegations on Twitter that Ms Kaur had been using her father's martyrdom to launch herself on a political career.
Yesterday the Delhi University students and NSUI, AISA pulled out of the "DU Against Goondagardi (hooliganism)" protest that is being held at the campus, saying she has "been though a lot" and this was all that her "20 year self could take".