1. Gurmehar Kaur row: I take back my ‘harsh’ words on Virender Sehwag, says Javed Akhtar

Gurmehar Kaur row: I take back my ‘harsh’ words on Virender Sehwag, says Javed Akhtar

Noted lyricist Javed Akhtar, who had hit out at Virender Sehwag for his comments on Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, has said that he takes back his "harsh" words as the cricketer has already clarified his statements.

By: | Mumbai | Published: March 3, 2017 10:34 AM
Javed Akhtar had earlier called Sehwag “a hardly literate player” when the cricketer trolled Kaur after her campaign “I am not afraid of ABVP” went viral. (Source: IE)

Noted lyricist Javed Akhtar, who had hit out at Virender Sehwag for his comments on Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, has said that he takes back his “harsh” words as the cricketer has already clarified his statements. “Since Sehwag undoubtedly a great player has clarified he was just being facetious and is not anti Gurmehar I take back my rather harsh words,” Akhtar tweeted. The 71-year-old lyricist had earlier called Sehwag “a hardly literate player” when the cricketer trolled Kaur after her campaign “I am not afraid of ABVP” went viral.

Later, Sehwag, in a series of tweets, had defended himself, claiming that his social media post in reply to Kaur was an “attempt to be facetious” rather than one to bully anyone over their opinion, adding that agreement or disagreement was not even a factor.

Kaur, 20, the daughter of army martyr Captain Mandeep Singh and a student of Lady Sri Ram College, had started the campaign following the violence at Ramjas College.

She withdrew from her social media campaign after allegedly receiving threats.

Akhtar, however, praised cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who had said that the recent events have left him with a sense of disappointment.

“My respect for Gautam Gambhir who with out any fear of trolls and right wing extremists has stood for Gurmehar’s freedom of expression. Bravo,” he wrote.

“So many war veterans and retired army officers have supported Gurmehar’s statement but perhaps they are not “nationalist” enough for some,” Akhtar added.

  1. Karataka Damanaka
    Mar 3, 2017 at 5:50 am
    Harsh words are better avoided, always! Why do you always support left wing separatists?
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      Murali
      Mar 3, 2017 at 5:35 am
      Go preach tolerance on the other side of the border. Do you have guts to go there and condemn the atrocities on Shias, Ahmadiyas and sufis, leave alone Hindus. You will be blown to pieces by people from the religion of peace
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        shyam sunder
        Mar 3, 2017 at 5:47 am
        Still only against Cricketer and not against other players?
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          Santosh
          Mar 3, 2017 at 5:46 am
          bandhuk se , dhh se tir, muh se baat, aur twitter pe comment... ek baar chal jati hai to wapas nehin atti,... Javed Akhtar kaise waps lenge apne words... People normally apologize for their harsh words...
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          1. vak1962 A
            Mar 3, 2017 at 5:44 am
            Who cares for his filth from the tinsel town anyway>
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