Ramjas College row: Kargil martyr’s daughter Gurmehar Kaur withdraws from protest, says campaign is not personal
Kargil martyr’s daughter Gurmehar Kaur, who came under harsh criticism from BJP members and certain sections of the society for her campaign against violence in the name of nationalism, today announced that she is ‘withdrawing from the campaign’. “I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say,” Kaur tweeted this morning. She also vented her frustration, saying, “I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take.” Underlining that the ‘campaign is about students and not about’ her, she asked protesters to join a march, which will be taking place later today. “Please go to the March in huge numbers. Best of luck,” she said. “One thing is for sure, next time we will think twice before resorting to violence or threats and that’s all this was about,” she said.
Gurmehar Kaur row: Robert Vardra expresses solidarity with Kargil Martyr’s daughter, says India is proud of you
Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra today hailed Gurmehar Kaur ‘for taking on fascists bravely’ even as he tore into those who had trolled her for putting up a social media post. “My message to Gurmehar: “I am with you and all those people who stand for their rights & freedom of speech. The nation is proud of you for standing your ground & fighting fascist forces,” Vadra said in a facebook post. Terming the trolling as ‘disgusting and shameful’, Vadra said, “Gurmehar has stood her ground and has made the entire nation & women fraternity proud.” He also said, “A daughter of a martyred army man, Gurmehar has been trolled on social media with rape threats. In an interview, she said, “I have been getting a lot of threats on social media. I think it is very scary when people threaten you with violence or with rape.” Gurmehar has stood her ground and has made the entire nation & women fraternity proud.”
Kansas shooting: Last rites of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla to be performed today
The last rites of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the United States will be performed on Tuesday. His mortal remains reached Hyderabad late on Monday night. Kuchibhotla was killed when 52-year-old Adam Purinton, walked into Austins Bar and Grill in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe and opened fire on Wednesday evening. Kuchibhotla’s friend, Alok Madasani, and Ian Grillot, a bar-goer who tried to intervene in the attack, were also shot, but survived. Witnesses told local media they heard the suspect yell, “Get out of my country.” Meanwhile, the FBI has launched an investigation to determine whether the shooting was a hate crime.