When the 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur tweeted, â€śI am not afraid of ABVPâ€ť, it was clear that Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad has begun wearing its peculiar brand of nationalism up on its sleeves. She went on â€śto anyone questioning my courage and bravery. Iâ€™ve shown more than enoughâ€ť. Her tweets following violence at Delhi Universityâ€™s Ramjas College went viral and received massive support from students across various universities.
Though subsequently, she withdrew from the campaign but she had made a point that intolerance and jingoism had crept in our system. â€śIâ€™m withdrawing from the campaign. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say…â€ť. â€śI have been through a lot and this is all my 20 years self could take,â€ť the student of Delhiâ€™s Lady Sri Ram College said. Kaur, daughter of a Kargil martyr, had kicked off a social media campaign against the ABVP after Ramjas College witnessed large-scale violence.
The DU incident is line with the ABVPâ€™s provocative attitude that was earlier witnessed in JNU(Jawaharlal Nehru University), Hyderabad University, IIT-Chennai, and other institutions of academic repute. There is a question mark whether it was a spontaneous reaction of ABVP or there was a method in the madness. The pattern shows that it was not the act of a group of youngsters with a brazen sense of nationalism better said as jingoism. The journey from JNU to DU showed a pattern with law enforcing agencies remaining a mute spectator, falling short of abetting.