Randeep Hooda defends himself, says not responsible for the threats that Gurmehar Kaur is receiving. Its probably one (Viru) joke that Randeep Hooda shouldn’t have laughed at?
Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur is in the news for slamming the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for their alleged attacks on students and teachers in Ramjas College in New Delhi, and for the video where she holds several placards promoting peace between India and Pakistan, one of them reading as ‘Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him.’
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, known for his witty tweets, didn’t agree with Gurmehar’s Pakistan comments and responded by posting a sarcastic picture where he is holding a placard which read ‘I did not score two triple centuries, my bat did.’
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 26, 2017
There are many who found Sehwag’s comment funny, including Bollywood actor Randeep hooda.
However, Randeep Hooda didn’t realize that soon he will find himself in the midst of the controversy, and also held responsible for instigating threats against the young girl. The ‘Sarbjit’ actor was quick to defend his stance.
Here’s what he wrote on Facebook.
Don’t hang me over a laugh!
Viru cracked a joke and I admit I laughed. Damn!! He is so witty and this is one of the other million things he’s said that has made me crack up. That was it!!
But now, lo and behold, I’m being held responsible for instigating hate threats against a young girl, shockingly by the girl herself. That’s absolutely untrue. That was never our intention and our tweets is not the source of all the hate she might be receiving.
She spoke up, she stood for something she believes in, so then, she must also have the courage and fortitude to listen to the voices against it. To point fingers at someone else (in this case me) and hold him responsible for the reactions to her actions is not right. I have absolutely nothing against her and strongly believe that violence is wrong. Threatening a woman with violence is an even more heinous crime and the perpetrators should be brought to task with the most severe punishment.
I like her video of peace between warring nations. It’s noble. But that’s not the point in contention, is it ? She has the right to protest against what she feels is wrong and it’s also Viru’s right to make a joke about it. We live in a democracy and enjoy the right to freedom of expression! Accusing us of bullying and trolling the girl is wrong.
She wasn’t tagged in his joke nor in my amusement. But some journalists, among others, are trying hard to give this all kinds of colours to malign us and prove their point. They want to attach labels to us to further their agendas. That’s bullying and if you think you can bully us, you have another thing coming.
How’s the DU violence connected to her appeal against war? How’s Viru’s wit connected to supporting violence? The point is that it’s not, but is very pointedly being manipulated into being so.
This girl’s voice is important, but not more important than every other citizen. She is in no way representing all the martyrs and their children. It’s her personal opinion and should be taken as such. And it is my personal opinion that people shouldn’t fire their guns from young, impressionable shoulders. Students should study, debate and learn from these exchanges. They are the future of our nation and I’m not worried about our future because we have such brave and outspoken youngsters around.
As for being insensitive to a martyr’s daughter, let me tell you that six of my classmates have sacrificed their lives for the nation and so have many others, senior and junior to me. Every village in my state has martyrs who have been saluted for more than two centuries. Yes, war is wrong but we didn’t start it or persevere with it. We don’t back down from protecting our borders even if it takes our loved ones away. How do we deal with it ? With ironical humour!!
With this I’d like to end my engagement with this particular topic.
However, not many found Virendra Sehwag’s comment in good taste, including lyricist Javed Akhtar.
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) February 28, 2017
Gurmehar Kaur pulled out of a protest march today against campus violence (for the “DU Against Goondagardi (hooliganism) protest). In a series of tweets, Ms Kaur said, “To anyone questioning my courage and bravery. I’ve shown more than enough.”
- I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take 🙂
- I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say.
- The campaign is about students and not about me. Please go to the March in huge numbers. Best of luck.