Noted lyricist Javed Akhtar, who had hit out at Virender Sehwag and wrestlers like the Phogat sisters and Yogeshwar Dutt (without naming anybody) for their 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 n is not anti Gurmehar I take back my rather harsh words.— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) March 2, 2017
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.
If a hardly literate player or a wrestler troll a pacifist daughter of a martyr its understandable but whats wrong with some educated folks— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) February 28, 2017
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.
My tweet was an attempt to be facetious rather than one to bully anyone over their opinion. Agreement or disagreement wasn’t even a factor.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2017
She has a right to express her views and anyone who threatens her with violence or rape is the lowest form of life.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2017
Everyone has a right to express their views without being bullied or threatened. Gurmehar Kaur or the Phogat sisters.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2017
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 Gurmehars freedom of expression. Bravo,” he wrote.
“So many war veterans and retired army officers have supported Gurmehars statement but perhaps they are not “nationalist” enough for some,” Akhtar added.