Representing the Right's position that such activities are "un-Indian" was Hindu Sena. They were outnumbered at the start but called in reinforcements. The resistance had started online on Friday night itself. Numerous Sena members left threats and warnings in comments. Those who had organized the protest were threatened even on phone. "They would bring up their mothers and sisters and in the next minute threaten to f**k me, my family," said Pankhuri Zaheer from JNU's department of women's studies who had called for the protest. "I'm scared, of course, but there are a lot of people with me and they always will be."
The first kiss—a brief lip-lock at the station—led to a minor tussle with a Hindu Sena member. There was more kissing—both gay and straight—and hugging later. Over a thousand had signed up to join on Facebook. "The number actually went up after the abuses started raining and word of the threats spread," said Anshika (she doesn't use a last name), student of German at JNU. Over 300 showed up. Police tried to reason with the protesters, urging them to keep it quiet and not march towards the RSS office but the students weren't having any of that. Explaining the choice of venue, one said, "We're not here to challenge the RSS, but all our spaces and love in all forms are under attack. The RSS people come to us, beat us up. This time, we've come to them".
While JNU students were once again at the forefront, there were representatives from several universities in the city—
Standing for "Indian culture", Hindu Sena members gathered at the Metro station and said they're not against pyaar but kissing in public, which is like "walking around naked". They also expressed concern about the spiritual and emotion purity of "sisters and mothers". "This isn't progress. What should be promoted is Indian culture. Kama Sutra isn't what they think. We'll have Kama Sutra Day instead of Valentine's Day," said Sena member Vishnu Gupta.
For the first hour, both sides were confined right outside Gate 2 of the Metro station. Police stopped Kiss of Love campaigners from heading for the RSS office through an inside lane, repeatedly pushing them, human chain and all, back towards the station. Metro users lined up to watch from the station as did employees of banks, insurance companies and showrooms lining the road. By 5pm, all attempts to get in the lane thwarted, the group—now a sizeable one of a few hundred—headed for the main road. They slowed down traffic on
Ritwik Agrawal on the Kiss of Love