Delhi University (DU) student Gurmehar Kaur might have left the city but the controversy surrounding her refuses to die down.
With many politicians and celebrities still speaking for or against her, the martyr’s daughter, despite withdrawing from the ‘Save DU campaign’, has been dragged into the news one way or the other.
But even as many argue about her previous ‘Pakistan did not kill my father but war did’ placard, Gurmehar’s close friend from college, Urvi Singh, has taken to Facebook and explain how exactly the “I am not afraid of ABVP” campaign started.
Singh, who studies with Kaur in DU’s Lady Sri Ram (LSR) College, explains that it was she who took Kaur’s photo with the Anti-ABVP placard and how it was “devoid of any political implication.”
“The current campaign she started was devoid of any political implication. We were together this one night discussing the recent Ramjas happenings, and that’s when she decided that she had to do something about it, taking her activism in consideration. Thus, her idea sprung up right in front of me. I even took the picture(now you know who to credit Media haha!). Neither she or I, had any inkling of how this would blow up.”
Singh also adds that Kaur has no political agenda and that she never even brought up her father being a martyr or her previous campaign. She says it was the media that did it.
“Also, she never brought up her past video, it was dug up by the media. She never started this campaign out by saying that she’s the daughter of a Martyr. But that is what the prevailing perception of the public is. Let me clear it out again, she started this campaign as a student fighting for fellow students and nothing else.”
Here is the full text of Singh’s post,
The post in past 21 hours has received over 220 shares and over a hundred comments.
While many have praised Singh for speaking up, there are also other’s who feel that Kaur is being used as a political pawn.