Randeep Hooda posted an open letter after being prosecuted of tormenting the soldier’s daughter: Gurmehar Kaur’

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One of the famous Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda had been at the receiving end on social networking platform like Twitter and in the media lately for commending a tweet which saw cricketer Virendra sehwag, mocking and taunting at Gurmehar Kaur, the daughter of an Indian Army martyr Mandeep Singh, who died in 1999 in Kargil war and a student of Delhi University who took on workers of ABVP for causing fracas outside Ramjas College last week with her signature placards that is written “Pakistan didn’t kill my Dad was killed him”.

In April 2015, her video about, “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him”.

The source of the whole debate and reaction has been the violence at the Ramjas College, when all students as well as teachers engaged with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members after the latter obstruct a session of the 2 day seminar on Bastar over the participation of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid.

The Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag later shared a picture of himself, posing in a same manner as the Gurmehar Kaur was posing with a message on placard that, which dignify ”I didn’t score two triple centuries, My bat did”. The post that is believed to have stimulate Randeep’s sense of humor, gained the applause from an actor.

As  Sehwag is much sportive, have joined in the issue with Babita and Geeta Phogat expressing their sorrow with the violent remarks sent to her way but stated that anything said against India should not be tolerated. Sehwag’s tweet was followed and shared actor by Randeep Hooda and led to a whirl on social media with many claiming the cricketer and actor were only found abusing.

Some days after this incident, Gurmehar Kaur changed her Facebook profile picture to one more with her holding a placard that states, “I AM A STUDENT OF DELHI UNIVERSITY. I AM NOT AFRAID OF ABVP. I AM NOT ALONE. EVERY STUDENT OF INDIA IS WITH ME”.

Fortuitously, Gurmehar Kaur had released a sentimental video, called for peace between India and Pakistan and had stated that it was not Pakistan but it was the war between them who killed her father. Sehwag’s photo was apposite to be same of that and was applauded by Randeep Hooda, after which Viru and Randeep were referred to as a bully across platforms and being insensitive towards a martyr’s daughter.

Randeep posted to Facebook on Monday to elucidate, that standing up for Virendra Sehwag was not a vindication of the violence that destitute outside Ramjas College, and not he was being so insensitive towards the daughter of a soldier who gave his life for the country.

Here is the letter posted on Facebook by Randeep Hooda giving clarification.

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 are 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 for with the most severe punishment.

I like her video of peace between warring nations. It’s noble. But that’s not the point of 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.

Jai Hind

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