Bollywood lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar on Tuesday hit out at Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju for hinting that Gurmehar Kaur, a Delhi University student who launched a social media campaign against the ABVP, was being influenced by political rivals.
“I don’t about her but Mr Minister I know who is polluting your mind,” he wrote on Twitter without naming Rijiju.
I don't about her but Mr Minister I know who is polluting your mind .— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) February 28, 2017
Re-tweeting a tweet shared by Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda, Rijiju on Monday said, “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.”
The minister was referring to an old picture of Kaur, the daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh who was killed fighting militants in Jammu and Kashmir in 1999 , that resurfaced on social media after the Lady Shri Ram College student took on the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
“Pakistan did not kill my dad, war did,” read the placard she carried in the picture.
The ABVP is the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, the ideological parent of the BJP to which Rijiju belongs. The student body was linked to February 22 violence at Delhi University’s Ramjas College.
After the campus clash, Kaur posted a picture of herself on Twitter and Facebook holding a placard. “I am student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me,” the message read. Soon, the post went viral.
On Tuesday, Kaur withdrew from ‘Fightback DU’ campaign and requested that she be left alone. In a series of tweets, Kaur said that she has shown enough courage and bravery.