Ramjas row: Sehwag's reply to Kargil martyr's daughter creates twitter frenzy

Gurmehar Kaur, in one of her earlier videos which had gone viral in May, had posted: �Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him.�

Ramjas row: Sehwag

Days after Ramjas College witnessed students protests and clashes between All India Student Association (AISA) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the clash has reached Twitter and this time is amongst people of various professions.

On Wednesday, the day of protests, Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, posted on her Facebook that she isn't afraid of ABVP and asked students across the country to stand up with her. However, despite solidarity and shares, Kaur was also threatened for her stance.

The twitter controversy erupted when former cricketer Virender Sehwag took on Gurmehar Kaur and actor Randeep Hooda backed him. Unamused by the views of Virender Sehwag and Randeep Hooda, journalist Shekhar Gupta and Barkha Dutt also joined the fray.

Virender Sehwag tweeted, “Bat me hai Dum! #BharatJaisiJagahNahi.” Sehwag’s reply leaves no one in any doubt which side of the debate he is on. Gurmehar Kaur, in one of her earlier videos which had gone viral in May, had posted: “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him.” Actor Randeep Hooda also took to Twitter and backed Sehwag on his take on Gurmehar Kaur.

However, this didn't sit down well with Journalist Shekhar Gupta and he tagged the duo to express his disappointment on their views. “Sad, from you, Viru & Randeep, big-hearted stars. Nobody’s patriotism needs certificates & hers has stamp of her father’s supreme sacrifice,” tweeted Gupta.

The war of words turned into a heated argument when Hooda described Gurmehar Kaur as ‘political pawn’.

“What’s sad is that the poor girl is being used as political pawn and it seems you are a party to it,” said Randeep Hooda. While Shekhar Gupta defended Gurmehar Kaur, she herself joined the argument and said that she condoned violence in any form. In his defence, Hooda felt that her original post was open to interpretation.

When the veteran journalist once again accused Randeep Hooda for making fun of Kargil martyr’s daughter, the actor took a defensive mode, claiming that he was simply admiring Sehwag’s quick wit on Twitter – for which he has drawn attention.

Meanwhile, Barkha Dutt too joined the conversation, taking on Randeep Hooda and Virender Sehwag. Barkha took strong objecting over Hooda’s tweet calling Gurmehar Kaur a ‘political pawn’ and advocated that she has the freedom of expression. The actor then tried to calm the situation, asking everyone to ‘not politicise the young girl’s thoughts’.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also took to twitter to question who poisoned the young girl's mind.