Shekhar Gupta, Barkha Dutt lash out at Randeep Hooda, Virender Sehwag for 'mocking' Kargil martyr daughter

The journalists slammed Randeep Hooda and Virender Sehwag for "mocking" the daughter of a Kargil martyr for speaking in what she believed in.

Days after the daughter of a Kargil martyr, Gurmehar Kaur came out to speak against ABVP in the wake of the violence at Ramjas college of Delhi University, a number of people have come out to join the campaign she kick started. However, ace cricketer Virender Sehwag known for hilarious tweets came out to an unusual response. Soon after the cricketer posted his response, Bollywood actor retweeted him in agreement claiming to appreciate his wit.

Randeep Hooda’s approval to Virender Sehwag’s post did not go down well with journalist Shekhar Gupta who lashed out at Randeep Hooda saying that this kind of response was not expected from “big-hearted stars”.

Here’s how it started:

Soon after Gurmehar Kaur’s post against ABVP which read as, “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” went viral, Virender Sehwag posted this tweet with this photo:

Randeep Hooda responded in agreement:

Expressing dismay over the reactions, Shekhar Gupta slammed both Randeep Hooda and Virender Sehwag saying:

Randeep Hooda was quick to respond saying that Gurmehar was only being used a “pawn” for political mileage.

However, Shekar Gupta wasted no time to reply saying that Gurmehar was no “pawn” but a “strong”, “thinking” adult who has an opinion.

Watching the sequence of events unfold, Gurmehar herself stepped in and cleared the air saying that she was no pawn and was against all kinds of violence. To which, the actor responded that even he agreed with her opinion on violence, her post could be interpreted in many other ways.


Shekhar Gupta seconded Gurmehar saying the post could spark debate but did not deserve “mocking”.

Randeep Hooda came out to defend his stand saying that he was only lauding Viru’s wit and unique take.

Barkha Dutt also came out to slam Randeep Hooda for calling Gurmehar a “pawn” only because she was a girl kept her opinion forth. To which, Hooda responded saying that his post wasn’t meant to be sexist and would have applied to a boy as well.


In a bid to put an end to the argument, Randeep Hooda said that “violence was wrong” but affirmed that the girl’s thoughts should not be politicised.