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Ramjas protests: Javed Akhtar, Yogeshwar Dutt wrestle over nationalism, Gurmehar

A swirling row over nationalism at Delhi University singed social media on Tuesday with poet Javed Akhtar and grappler Yogeshwar Dutt wrestling it out on Twitter.

delhi Updated: Feb 28, 2017 18:31 IST
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Gurmehar Kaur has received alleged rape threats for her comments on last week’s violence at Ramjas College
Gurmehar Kaur has received alleged rape threats for her comments on last week’s violence at Ramjas College

A swirling row over nationalism at Delhi University singed social media on Tuesday with poet Javed Akhtar and grappler Yogeshwar Dutt wrestling it out on Twitter. (HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY)

Akhtar took the first shot, hitting out at the “hardly literate” Olympian for his comment criticising 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur.

The DU student has received alleged rape threats for her comments on last week’s violence at Ramjas College, when members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad allegedly thrashed teachers and students at a march.

Dutt reacted within minutes, using his status as a Bronze-medal winner at the London 2012 Olympics.

This was what Dutt had said in the morning about Kaur’s views .

Kaur’s views have polarized political and popular opinion around the issue with prominent ministers alleging she was being used as a political pawn and opposition leaders accusing the government of muzzling free speech.

A day earlier, cricketer Virender Sehwag and actor Randeep Hooda had also mocked Kaur – but received criticism for their actions.