Sehwag's message against slain Kargil soldier's daughter splits opinion on Twitter
Virender Sehwag's tweet received both flak and support from people, depending on their political viewpoint. (Image courtesy: Flickr) Photograph: (Others)
Former cricketer Virender Sehwag has drawn ire from the liberals on Twitter for apparently mocking a slain Kargil soldier's daughter for standing up to a right-wing student organisation in Delhi University.
Gurmehar Kaur, a student of India's prominent Lady Shri Ram College, had put up a Facebook post on February 22, with her holding a placard that 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."
Kaur was condemning the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for resorting to violence after learning about Ramjas College's invitation to Jawaharlal Nehru University students -- Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid -- for a cultural event.
ABVP, a student organisation of India's right-wing party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was incensed about the invitation as they view Khalid and Rashid as "anti-nationals".
Some of the ABVP members were accused of physically assaulting teachers and students during their protest in Ramjas College.
But Sehwag, who has become popular for his funny quips on social media following his retirement, has landed himself in a soup after posting a message: "I didn't score two triple centuries, my bat did."
He was referring to Kaur's earlier campaign in which she had said: "Pakistan did not kill my dad. War killed him."
Sehwag's message sent the Twitterati into a frenzy, with the liberals in India, mockingly called 'sickulars' by the right-wingers, slamming the former cricketer for bullying Kaur.
But Sehwag found support in Indian film actor Randeep Hooda, who felt that Kaur was being used as a "political pawn and a prop to spread hatred".
The cricketer was also backed by the already angry right-wing who believe Kaur to be "anti-national" and have launched a no-holds-barred attack on her for speaking out against the violence in Ramjas College.