Note: The tweet embedded below is an example of how not to tweet on sensible topics.
I’d like to tell you that I am yet to see Gurmehar Kaur’s video and there’s a fair chance I wouldn’t see it in my life, I’ve not even seen Gautam Gambhir’s video in support of Freedom of Expression because that needs to be respected. I haven’t seen what ministers said on TV debates on the issue. My level of ignorance is so high I can’t even give the full forms of NSUI and AISA. I have almost stopped watching news for the last few months and I only watch a news channel when my dad takes the remote and I am present in front of the TV. But, I’ve been almost forced into following this story through Twitter and then I had to say something. [I intended to see Gurmehar’s video few minutes back but there’s a reason I haven’t and once you read this post. You’ll understand why.]
First things first: Do I have the right to speak on the issue? I can’t do an open heart surgery but I have gone to school long enough to not be called barely literate. Even if I weren’t that, it wouldn’t have made a difference, because we live in a democratic nation where everyone has the right to express what they feel is right irrespective of their educational qualifications.
What do I think about those ‘alleged’ rape threats on Gurmehar? There’s this thing. 99% of the times those people are irrelevant and barely enjoy abusing people through Social Media. If Gurmehar got those threats, I am sure Gurmehar isn’t the first person to face that sort of thing especially because it’s quite easy to get away with things when there’s no solid laws for the internet space. But, if that person is identified, he should be punished to set an example for every other abuser.
What do I think about Celebs speaking out on these issues? I’d like to tell you that I loved Virender Sehwag’s tweet. It made me laugh. It wasn’t an attack, it wasn’t about threatening a girl, it wasn’t about ridiculing anyone! I don’t see it that way, I hope Gurmehar didn’t too because I think we live in a tense world and every attempt to non insulting humour should be applauded. Let’s be fair that wasn’t in any way an insult to Gurmehar and I feel there’s something wrong with our nation that he had to clarify things. AIB is okay, Kapil’s puns on various celebs is okay. So, why shouldn’t this be? The person is trying to bring laughter.
[Side notes: To protest against Trump allegedly creating problems for our IT industry, I’ll restart using the second “u” in humour.]
Of all other Celebs that I’ve seen speaking on the issues, everyone deemed to be on the extremes, and while I respect their opinions, I’d like to think many of ‘em should look at both sides of spectrum before commenting, many young ears listen to what they say. But, I really love these “Stars” not shying away from issues; them speaking up does a lot to spread awareness.
Student Politics! Is it necessary? Do we need student unions at all? Why can’t gov have an organization that deals with student affairs from all centralized universities directly if that was the main objective of having these unions? The body can have an online presence where the students could raise their issues directly! Do we have a body like that? Ban all political activities from College campuses. From what I’ve seen in the last few years is that it’s a bane rather than a boon. I could be completely wrong here, but I would still ask is student politics necessary? I see the point of having active citizens and probably “leaders of tomorrow” but can’t we have any other way. I ask this question because of coming across a tweet from a very well respected journalist.
I’d really like you readers to give me opinions on this by commenting below, but hey, I am not done!
Is Indian media doing a good job? From what I’ve learnt spending time on the Internet, Rajdeep Saredesai and Abhisar Sharma hate everything with “Modi” in it. Rumors (oh.. rumours) go that they don’t even like Aussie Tom Moody for obvious reasons. Arnab Goswami and Sudhir Chaudhary are the “nationalist” faces. Barkha Dutt and Rana Ayyub appears to be a great believer in the “Bad publicity is good publicity” theory. If you’ve spent time on the web, you already knew all of this. This is what the general thinking is! NDTV is referred to as pro ISI, ABP pro leftists, ZEE news – pro BJP and so on. Who is to be blamed? People? No, it’s the journalists and the channels themselves. It’s okay to be a nationalist. No love greater than that for your motherland. It’s okay to be a liberal; Freedom of Liberty is hands down THE most important fundamental of democracy! But, This tweet below by Rana Ayyub:
You still wonder why I ask the questions I am asking? I have a blunt opinion on this, and no I don’t call most of them journalists anymore. There’s a familiar other term I call them – TROLLS!
Opinions on Gurmehar Kaur’s “after video went viral” battles: I admire her courage. Many of us can’t find that courage or just aren’t interested enough. Props to her for that. But, it ends here.
I have complaints too. People supporting Gurmehar and Gurmehar herself has used the term “A Martyr’s daughter” on several occasions, and I object to that. You can’t be right just because your father or anyone in your family was. RT’ing tweets from specific people, meeting specific people as reported from few big media houses wouldn’t do her much support. I hope she didn’t use “I am a Martyr’s daughter and I…” rather than “I am Gurmehar Kaur and I stand against … so and so.” Again, all I think personally.
We Indians have to learn about it, our political parties need to know about it. Just because Rajiv Gandhi was great, I won’t vote for you anymore because dead men can’t change this nation. Just because Congress was corrupt you don’t have the licence to be too because we don’t live in the past anymore. I hate references or things to people from our past on any subject whether it’s criticising Nehru or Aurangzeb or anyone, reason being that they don’t affect our present anymore. History is essential to study the present, I agree, but it has NO more relevance of its own. Another startling thing to me is family references. A Don’s child is not necessarily a Don, but a martyr’s son/daughter is assumed to be a brave soldier by birth. One of the two statements needs to be false.
One can’t be paid enough for being a soldier, we will always be grateful for everyone who gives up their lives for us. It doesn’t even matter if the soldier dies in Kargil or in a Fidayeen attack, – a martyr is a martyr. However, nobody, not even his family has the right to use his martyrdom. I’ll consider it disrespectful to the soldier.
I don’t have a problem if Gurmehar Kaur joins a political party in future and gains success. I like people with ambitions. We’ve seen young, well built man riot for reservation in the past few years. We still live in a time when journalists and politicians live in 2002, 1984 and many such dates when commoners badly want to move on. We have seen leaders who want to send everyone to Pakistan. I hope for the best but I wouldn’t care less if she was to become the face of some political party. But, I also can’t disagree that she has made a difference to some extent. Made someone like me explore a topic I don’t necessarily like to. We may disagree on everything, but unlike a Kanhaiya Kumar or a Hardik Patel – She has my respect. She has handled the whole affair with class. Applaud her for that. Time will tell what this “Gurmehar Kaur” would bring to the table. Bye.. no, wait!
Gurmehar Kaur has given us lots to talk of recently and is another example of how big Social Media is. It just takes the guts to go out of the norm and express something people want to react on, something people can’t stop themselves from getting you into their minds. This should be a lesson for all content creators on how to take up a hot topic and express your views creatively. You don’t know when you become the next “talk of the town”. Gurmehar wanted it or not, she’s the newest sensation, and here to stay for some length of time. Owns a verified Twitter account in the quickest possible time, and if she chooses too, keep your eye on your TV sets when a certain Gurmehar Kaur shows up in a news debate. This is a lesson for everyone looking for fame. Keep creating content.
Happy breathing. What do you think about this picture below? Bye! 🙂