The Times of India – Gurmehar Kaur-ABVP row: Virendra Sehwag represents BCCI not India, says Umar Khalid

New Delhi, 28 February 2017. After Javed Akhtar and Naseeruddin Shah, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) scholar Umar Khalid has come out in support of Gurmehar Kaur and students of the Delhi University condemning former cricketer Virendra Sehwag’s tweet saying he represents Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and not India.

“Virender Sehwag played for BCCI, he does not represent India. The thousands of students and teachers who came out in Delhi University today, they represent India – a vision of a new India based on equality, justice and freedom,” Khalid posted on Facebook.

India batting legend Sehwag had earlier tweeted an image of himself holding a placard that said, “I didn’t score two triple centuries, my bat did.”

The post, allegedly, aimed at trolling Gurmehar Kaur, who in a video posted on youtube held a placard that said, “Pakistan did not kill my father, War did.”

Actor Randeep Hooda had supported Sehwag’s tweet by saying, “Your tweet is even greater than a triple century.”

Gurmehar Kaur had today withdrawn herself from the campaign by tweeting, ” I’m withdrawing from the campaign+ . Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say. I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take”.

In her defence, Javed Akhtar had slammed Virender Sehwag, Yogeshwar Dutt.

“If a hardly literate player or a wrestler troll a pacifist daughter of a martyr its understandable but whats wrong with some educated folks,” Akhtar had tweeted.

Praising Gurmehar as a brave girl, another legend Naseeruddin Shah, according to a TV report, hit out at former cricketer Virender Sehwag and Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda and stated them as ‘insensitive’.

Taking on social media trolls, Khalid said that they are ‘mere cowards’ who are afraid of coming out on streets.

“These are all paid trolls operating through multiple fake profiles. They are self-proclaimed nationalists who cannot even come on the streets to defend what they claim they believe in,” he posted.

Khalid, who is currently working on his doctorate dissertation on the culture of dissent in Bastar was invited to Ramjas College to speak on the issue of ‘adivasi’ protest movements.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/gurmehar-abvp-row-virendra-sehwag-represents-bcci-not-india-says-umar-khalid/articleshow/57397775.cms

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