Raheel Khursheed, head, news, politics and government at Twitter India, is responsible for tracking and expanding Twitter’s relationships with journalists, editors and political users of Twitter.
However, he himself has stirred up a controversy by ridiculing a 15-year-old Ludhiana girl Jhanvi Behal who challenged JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar for an open debate on freedom of speech and expression.
He actively participated in mocking Jhanvi Behal:
In the past, he had also posted a derogatory tweet about Navratri festival:
Notably, Khursheed’s appointment in the past had triggered a storm of protest with many activists taking to change.org which bills itself as the world’s largest petition platform, and demanded his removal.
In what appears to be a well-designed campaign against the high-spirited teenager, a lot many Twitter users have started trolling her within few hours to the extent that she was dubbed as an ‘RSS agent.’
Here are some of those tweets:
Kanhaiya kumar: Modi/RSS are the biggest failures
Liberals: Wow FOE
Jhanvi behal: I challenge Kanhaiya to debate
L: Lol, kid go to school 😏
— Dexter (@MunnaKaTunna) March 7, 2016
I also challenge Jhanvi Behal for debate on Nationalism and its certification by RSS/BJP .
— Profile (@speakingstrt) March 7, 2016
#JhanviBehal says her inspiration is Mother Teresa which makes her in the eyes of RSS an ‘anti-national’ herself.
— joseph varghese (@joselv10) March 6, 2016
However, Jahnvi is unfazed by criticim. She said:
“My intention was not to target any individual or criticise a political ideology. I have no hard feelings for Kanhaiya Kumar or anyone. I just wanted to say that schools or educational institutions shouldn’t promote any kind of anti-national activities. Rather than making fun or criticising me, people should understand the actual feelings.”
Then there were some who appreciated Jhanvi:
She is not from RSS not from BJP she is Indian Jhanvi Behal. Face her kanaiya kumar
— No mans land (@love2suckpu) March 6, 2016
Kanhaiya arrested – OUTRAGE. OUTRAGE.
He makes speech – COVERAGE. COVERAGE.
Jhanvi challenges him – MINIMUM AGE. MINIMUM AGE.
— Nitya Prakash (@Nitya_Prakash) March 8, 2016
— Garima (@gary_1980in) March 8, 2016
Your standard is Kanhaiya – the jihadi supporting murderous Maoist supporter? Jhanvi is much better https://t.co/iVpPyFYl2X
— Māndhata (@Mamdhata) March 8, 2016
What did kanhaiya achieved in 28 Yrs only false publicity, Jhanvi Behal achieved many things in 15 yrs without any publicity #JeSuisJhanvi
— chetan goyal (@chetu95) March 7, 2016
— Optimist (@DesiOptimystic) March 7, 2016
Who is Kanhaiya? In fact, more pertinent question, who is Rajyasree? At least Jhanvi is an awardee. https://t.co/wkOVOQYuyf
— Amrit (@AmritHallan) March 7, 2016
Dear Jhanvi Behal 🙂
— Tathagat Khandelwal (@IAmTathagat) March 7, 2016
Behal, a student of Class 10 at DAV Public School in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar in Ludhiana, has been an active member of an NGO Raksha Jyoti Foundation.
She had also filed a writ with the Punjab and Harayana High Court seeking a ban on circulation of pornographic materials on social media. She had also taken the matter of road blockage of various organizations to court.
On Kanhaiya, she had said: