Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh recently started a campaign on social media, saying, “I am a student from Delhi University and I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP.”
And her campaign went viral on social media with many students lauding her opinion. However there were many who trolled her for her opinion which was quite wrong as we live in a democratic country and everyone can have an opinion. It can be wrong or right, but we are no one to decide it.
But the incident took a new turn when Virendra Sehwag decided to jump into it by posting a tweet in his usual witty ways, just like many of his tweets. And as it often happens on social media, people started trolling Sehwag for belittling a 20-year old student and a daughter of a martyr. Later it took a worse turn when Randeep Hooda jumped into debate by praising Sehwag’s tweet.
I believe it is wrong to criticize people for having an opinion. As it was wrong in case of Gurmehar for trolling her tweet, it is also wrong to criticize Sehwag and Hooda. Also when you post in social media you should know that people may come hard against you if they don’t like your opinion. What you can do is stand by your opinion in equally blatant manner.
So once you place a tweet, you should know that it will be in public domain and people will have strong opinion on your opinion so there is no point in playing a victim’s card in case of Gurmehar Kaur in this case. The best thing will be let people have their opinion and you can continue doing your job.
So Randeep Hooda recently posted a letter on his facebook page, making his stand clear about what he feels about this incident. In days when celebrities are often shy away from having an opinion in public domain, I thank Sehwag and Hooda for having an opinion.
Again whether their opinion is wrong or right….I am no one to decide. As Randeep Hooda rightly said,”Please don’t hang me over a laugh ! ! !”