Gurmehar Kaur a Student of Delhi University Started Protest against ABVP
Gurmehar Kaur a Student of English Literature at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University, and an Indian Online Activist. Basically, she is from Jalandhar, Punjab and completed her basic study from St. Joseph’s Convent School at there.
Her Father Captain Mandeep Singh was company commander of 4 Rashtriya Rifles Unit. He was one of the seven personals killed in an attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir on August 6, 1999.
Activist and ad filmmaker Ram Subramanian started with a facebook page ‘Voice of Ram‘ where she posts about social issues and also people share their views and suggests solutions. An issue upon Indo-Pak relations was raised on the page as a political and anti-corruption activity. Also, he launched a short film called Mute in which a mute man expresses his anger against the state of the country. The short film of two and a half minutes not only became a viral success but also shortlisted for the prestigious Cannes advertising awards.
Afterward, he created a Profile For Peace campaign where he urged the people to take selfies with a peace message written on a page then asked to share it on social media. The campaign had a huge participation from people in India and Pakistan, including Gurmehar Kaur. She attracted much controversy and derision, with the statement: “Pakistan didn’t kill my father but the war did” written on her paper. When Subramanian heard her story he instantly felt the need to create this video. Gurmehar volunteers for Voice of Ram and is a part of his Delhi team.
Gurmehar Kaur started “Save DU campaign” against ABVP in February 2017 in which she opposed violence that started at the Ramjas College Campus after the lectures of Sheila Rashid and Umar Khalid which was canceled because of ABVP’s (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) protest. She received death and rape threats for starting this campaign and later on, she left the campaign.
After withdrawing from the campaign, Kaur will not participate in any activity against ABVP members. She has also decided to not participate in a march being held by a group of students at DU. In a series of tweets, she said, “The campaign is about students and not about me. Please go to the march in huge numbers. Best of luck… To anyone questioning my courage and bravery… I’ve shown more than enough.” Kaur had also changed her Facebook profile picture last week to one in which she was holding a placard reading, “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me.” #StudentsAgainstABVP.