Wrestlers Yogeshwar Dutt and Babita Phogat slam lyricist Javed Akhtar for his 'hardly literate' dig at Virender Sehwag and Dutt over Kargil martyr's daughter's anti-ABVP campaign
The social media campaign against ABVP by Gurmehar Kaur, the daughter of an Indian Army martyr, that's gone viral has left the country divided. While some are defending the college student, there are others who are suggesting that it's anti-national.
20-year-old Kaur, a Delhi University student, had started the campaign 'I am not afraid of ABVP', following the violence at New Delhi's Ramjas College, which went viral and received massive support from students of various universities. She posted her pictures on Facebook holding different placards including 'I am not afraid of ABVP' and 'Pakistan did not kill my father but war did'.
HERE'S THE VIDEO SHE HAD SHARED ON FACEBOOK:
The whole thing escalated into a Twitter war when former India opener Virender Sehwag took a dig at the post by sharing an image of himself holding a placard saying, "I did not score two triple centuries. My bat did."
Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt also mocked Kaur with a meme that was doing the rounds of social media platforms.
ðÂu00c2u009fÂu00c2u0099Âu00c2u0088ðÂu00c2u009fÂu00c2u0099Âu00c2u0088ðÂu00c2u009fÂu00c2u0099Âu00c2u0088 pic.twitter.com/SiH90ouWee— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) February 28, 2017
Celebrity wrestlers Babita Phogat and Geeta Phogat came down on the side of Sehwag and Dutt in criticising Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh who alleged rape threats over her social media campaign on Tuesday.
"Gurmehar Kaur's view that her father was killed by war and not Pakistan was wrong for me. It's against our nation and martyrs," Babita said in New Delhi.
Babita Kumari Phogat
Echoing the same views, her elder sister Geeta said, "If you speak against nation, people will obviously not like it. Irrespective of gender, the person won't be spared."
Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar didn't take kindly to all the attacks on Kaur and launched an all-out counter attack on the celebs targeting the girl.
THIS IS WHAT JAVED AKHTAR TWEETED:
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
His 'hardly literate player' is a veiled reference to Sehwag, while the wrestler is obviously Yogeshwar Dutt.
He also took a dig at Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and accused the politician of being biased.
I don't about her but Mr Minister I know who is polluting your mind .— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) February 28, 2017
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 IS WHAT THE MINISTER HAD TWEETED:
Who's polluting this young girl's mind? A strong Arm Force prevents a war. India never attacked anyone but a weak India was always invaded. https://t.co/gXHkAGi9sh— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) February 27, 2017
Now while Sehwag and Rijiju haven't responded to the veteran writer, wrestlers Babita Phogat and Yogeshwar Dutt did enter the dangal and respond to Akhtar.
THE YOUNGER PHOGAT SISTER RESPONDED:
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She said that she has been saying 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai even before she ever saw a school.
Dutt, on the other hand, who is an Olympic medallist, posted, "You may have authored poems and stories but even I have made history for India on the world stage."
HERE'S HIS REPLY TO AKHTAR:
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There are no winners in this Dangal as is the case in any war.