Many Gurmehars in varsities, they are products of failed education, parenting: BJP

02 March 2017, 11:44 PM
Gurmehar Kaur (Pic: Twitter)
Gurmehar Kaur (Pic: Twitter)

Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao has said Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur is a representative sample on many campuses in the country, who are products of a failed education, parenting and social support system in India.

"There are many Gurmehar Kaurs in university campuses across India. This young woman is only a representative sample of a select section of young people, who are products of a failed education, parenting & social support system of a 70-year independent India", the state BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said in a blogpost.

In another development, BJP MLA from Panaji MLA, Siddharth Kuncolienkar has alleged the "Left wing leaders" are trying to "demoralise" Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar by "using" youths like Gurmehar Kaur.

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20-year-old Kaur has been subjected to intense trolling on social media over her stance against RSS-backed student body ABVP and for a video campaign advocating peace between India and Pakistan.

"One cannot expect not to face consequences for one's massive and controversial expression, in fact there will be equal and even larger reaction as a consequence...the abuse is certainly wrong, violent threats are certainly wrong, however,any other form of expression is clearly a natural recourse," Rao said.

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"Terming that (intense trolling) as an attack on one's freedom of expression is juvenility, self pity, escapism and lack of ownership. If one is courageous, one must stand up and face the consequences of their expression".

Saying that attacking Kaur would not solve anything, he said "young people like her clearly reflect the collective social outcomes of a nation, which has never pro-actively designed its national identity and national values. The issue is much larger, it's national. It's a legacy issue of this country".

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Attacking Congress, Rao said only a "vertically and horizontally divided India" suits the type of politics practiced by Congress party."

Rao said it is time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to constitute a cohesive group of great individuals to initiate a proactive nation building exercise with well defined and empowering national values for unique national identity and pride of being an India, he said. 

'Left using Gurmehar to demoralise PM'

"Some Leftist leaders are trying to demoralise the PM and Parrikar by using youths like Gurmehar Kaur," Panaji MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar said while addressing a 'Tiranga Yatra' organised by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad which controls the Goa University's students wing in the state capital.

The BJP leader, who had served as the PA to Parrikar, said the youth of Goa will not allow such "divisive forces which speak of dividing the country which is our motherland, to rise in the state."

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"We refer to India as our mother. How can we keep quiet when someone is trying to cut our mother into pieces?" the MLA questioned.

Kaur has been subjected to intense trolling on social media over her stance against ABVP and a video campaign advocating peace between India and Pakistan.

The 20-year-old daughter of a martyr had also complained of receiving "rape threats", following which a FIR was registered against unknown persons.

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Kuncolienkar said Gurmehar was being "misguided by the Left organisations."

"She was misguided to such an extent that she started saying her father was not killed by Pakistan but was killed by war...Who forced war on us? Look at the history of India, we never invaded any country. We are a peace loving nation," he said.

First Published: Thursday, March 02, 2017 07:16 PM
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