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‘Woke, opinionated, next Gurmehar Kaur’ — Twitter bullies force Aashna Lidder to close account

Twitter users trolled Aashna Lidder, daughter of Brig L.S. Lidder, who died in the chopper crash in Coonoor Wednesday, for being ‘radical left’ and ‘woke’, deleted tweets later.

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New Delhi: Not even a day has passed since the last rites of Brigadier Lakhbinder Singh Lidder were performed, but his daughter, Aashna Lidder, has become a target for bullies on social media platform Twitter.

Several Twitter users targeted Aashna Lidder after “going through” her profile and trolled her for being “opinionated” and “woke”. Her account was deactivated after the trolling.

‘Woke’ is a term used to denote a person who is politically or culturally aware.

On Friday, NDTV journalist Arvind Gunasekar tweeted that the 16-year-old had deactivated her account owing to the harassment she faced on the social media platform.

Aashna’s Twitter account, with the username @aashnalidder, was tagged by retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi during Aashna’s book launch on 27 November this year.

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Series of Twitter attacks

Due to the deactivation of the account, ThePrint couldn’t check Aashna’s tweets, but some users have shared screenshots.

Niraj Bhatia, national executive of the Congress’ digital initiative  With Congress, shared a screenshot of a tweet in which Aashna had expressed her disbelief at a statement of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath which was directed towards Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi.

“Woke up to watching Yogi Adityanath undermine the opposition. I get it. This is politics. But it is absolutely cheap and not okay to say things like “she’s only capable of sweeping floor. I mean, wow, toothless tiger doesn’t stop roaring, truly. Yogi, clear the turmoil in UP first,” read her tweet.

On an unrelated tweet posted by a Supreme Court advocate Aankhi GM, some people talked about woke kids, where Aashna’s matter also turned up. A user named @okaytep said “even military kids end up being ‘woke’. So there’s more to it than just imbibing the feeling or having that experience”.

To this, another user named @dunk_memer responded that Aashna was also woke — he saw it after going through her timeline.

While @okaytep has made his Twitter account private, @dunk_memer’s account ceased to exist.

Ankhi had responded to these two, saying that she also went through Aashna’s timeline and called her “confused at best”.

“She added that Aashna was in the “most vulnerable and impressionable age in a city like Delhi” and that when kids like her enter college they should be “treated sensitively and course corrected”.

She also added that attacking her on social media was not the answer.


Another user with the name Er. AV Kashyap, had said, “This is what woke culture can do to you, even if you’re a military brat, more so if you’re a daughter of a fallen hero”. The tweet has been deleted, but its screenshot was shared by AltNews fact-checker Mohammed Zubair.

Twitter user Biswaroop S went a step further and said “with utmost responsibility” that Lidder was on her way to become the next Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of the Late Captain Mandeep Singh, who was martyred during Operation Rakshak in 1999. Kaur is also critical of the government and is criticised by pro government voices. 

‘Fearless’ Aashna

It’s not that Aashna received only hate on Twitter for her views. She was lauded by many for her speech on Father’s Day last year.

In that speech she spoke about how proud she was of her father, about patriotism and how she grew up in the Indian Army. The short speech was shared by the Twitter user named Kaveri.


The tweet posted by news agency ANI in which Aashna spoke about the loss of her father received over 55,000 likes. 

“I am going to be 17. So he was with me for 17 years, we will go ahead with happy memories. It’s a national loss. My father was a hero, my best friend. Maybe it was destined and better things will come our way. He was my biggest motivator”, she told the news agency.

 People sent their blessings in reply, with many saying that they were proud of her brave spirit.

(Edited by Saikat Niyogi)

This report has been updated to reflect that Aankhi’s tweet on compulsory military service was not related to Aashna Lidder’s case.  


Also read: Are trolls the new ombudsman or are they a nuisance Indian media has to live with?


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