Himmat hai to rok ke dikhaye: 15-yr-old Jhanvi vows to hoist tri-colour in Srinagar on 15 Aug

Jhanvi Behal, the girl who had made headlines for challenging JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar for an open debate, is back in the news, this time for announcing she will hoist the Indian flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on 15 August.

Jhanvi, a 15-year-old student from Ludhiana, has said she will hoist the Indian flag at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, Kashmir, and dared anyone to stop her. According to ANI, the girl has said she will hoist the tri-colour on India's Independence Day.

Lal Chowk is the nerve centre of the Kashmiri struggle against the Indian State, and is considered to be a volatile spot from a security point of view. Most bouts of insurgencies and clashes in the Valley have escalated into violence, if not originated, at the spot. It also has considerable historical significance, both for India's claim to Kashmir and the Kashmir's struggle against India's armed forces.

It was at this spot that Jawaharlal Nehru had addressed a crowd and unfurled the tricolour in 1948. It was also the spot where he promised Kashmir the freedom to choose its political future, according to an article in dailyO.in.

Kashmir has been undergoing one of its worst bouts of unrest in recent times, after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter on 7 July. In the protests that followed, 48 people have lost their lives in the last two weeks, and hundreds have sustained injuries. Many were blinded due to pelleting carried out by security forces.

It's been 15 days that normal life has collapsed completely, as curfew and a bandh called by separatists derailed the situation.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh is in Kashmir to take stock of the situation.

Amid all the unrest, if Jhanvi goes ahead with her plan to hoist the Indian flag at Lal Chowk, it may further worsen the law and order situation in the Valley.

Though aged just 15, Jhanvi is no stranger to news, commanding considerable attention from the press. Challenging Kanhaiya Kumar to a debate on freedom of speech and expression, after the former was embroiled in a controversy over allegedly shouting anti-India slogans at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus, was not the first time she was in the news.

Earlier, Jhanvi had been awarded for her participation in a Swachh Bharat campaign at the 26 January Republic Day parade, according to a report by India Today. She is also known for speaking out on public issues like female foeticide, porn content on social media and calling for a ban on alcohol and tobacco. She has also sought judicial intervention against frequent campaigns and dharnas that affect normal traffic and cause inconvenience to the public, according to the Hindustan Times.

Updated Date: Jul 23, 2016 14:34 PM

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