The TIME Magazine has included Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur in its list of Next Generation Leaders for 2017 and commended her as a “Free-Speech Warrior”. And she is the only Indian to be included in the list. As if this wasn’t enough, the 20-year-old has been termed as a “peace activist”.
For the uninitiated, Gurmehar Kaur is daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh of the Indian Army who was martyred while taking on terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir. She shot to fame nationally and internationally in 2016 when a video of hers calling for peace between India and Pakistan started doing rounds of the social media.
But then, unfortunately, Kaur became a prominent face of India’s political Left when she accused the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for a campus violence at Delhi’s Ramjas College. The ‘violence’ was in fact a clash between the Leftists and the Right-wing students groups over an invite the Left-wing had extended to Umar Khalid.
Her one-sided stand on the broader and more serious issue of campus violence was called out by Randeep Hooda, whose precise logic derailed every Leftist argument in support of Gurmehar Kaur.
The next time she got media attention was earlier this month when she allegedly issued threats to two boys for posting memes having images from videos posted publicly by her. In its report,Opindia held that she did exactly what she complained of some eight months ago: issuing threats to someone just because she did not like something posted online.
Twitterati was obviously furious over the announcement made by TIME and did not fail to exercise their freedom of speech. Have a look at the tweets by Twitter users annoyed by the news:
That’s not a bad build up at all! 🤔
— Venkat Ananth (@venkatananth) October 12, 2017
So getting fame of her father's martyrdom, good to see..
— UPite (@jayviru1975) October 13, 2017
Gurmehar Kaur features in Time Magazine's Next Gen Leaders – Leaders who threaten college students to destroy their career for their FOE.
— Bhaad me Jaa.. (@iAbhishek_J) October 13, 2017
Gurmehar Kaur awarded title of “free speech warrior”,named next generation leader by Time Magazine
— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) October 13, 2017
Disappointed with Penguin.. Their editor quality sure has fallen
— Ramesh Menon (@krameshmenon) October 13, 2017
Leader of moronic Pla card holders.. . lol https://t.co/PyX1G596Id
— Surgical Sandeep (@samgold21) October 13, 2017
But then, in Times of Pappu & Kejriwal, even the guy making a living by selling balloons to kids is a leader. How high will the kite fly?
— Deep (@iSayMyWay) October 13, 2017
Hahahhahahahhaha leader hahahahhahahahah holding placards like puppet makes her leader😂😂😂😂
— funter online (@Manish20125301) October 14, 2017