I am not your 'Martyr?s Daughter', Gurmehar Kaur writes in new blog post
Gurmehar Kaur Photograph: (Facebook)
Gurmehar Kaur, the 20-year-old Delhi University student who made headlines in February after a Facebook post she made against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) saying she is not afraid of them, is back in the limelight. This time, it’s for her first blog post titled “I am”.
In the post, she rejects the various stereotypes and characterisations pushed on her by the public, the media, celebrities and trolls.
The post reads
Who am I?
A question, I could’ve answered without any inhibitions or a trace of wariness in my standard cheerful tone only a few weeks ago. Now, I’m not so sure.
Am I who the trolls think I am?
Am I what the media portrayed me as?
Am I what those celebrities think of me?
Days after ABVP activists prevented a seminar at Delhi University’s (DU) Ramjas College, a Facebook post by a student from DU's LSR College condemning the right-wing students' group had gone viral on Facebook.
Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, changed her Facebook profile picture holding a placard which read “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP”.
Gurmehar’s post initiated a social media campaign, “I am not scared of ABVP” after the literature student’s classmates and peers started sharing the post.
But she withdrew from her campaign after allegedly receiving threats.
She then goes on to answer her own questions. She writes
No, I can’t be any of that. That girl you saw flashing all over your television screens, holding a placard in hand, eyebrows raised, gaze fixed at the tiny round lens of a cellphone camera, definitely looked like me. The intensity of her thoughts that reflected in the picture definitely had traces of me. She looked fiery, I relate to that but then the ‘Breaking news headlines’ told a different story. The headlines were not me.
She finally ends by saying
My father is a martyr. I’m his daughter.
I am not your “Martyr’s Daughter”.
Read her full post here.