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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Save our souls: The PR stunt

Just a thought lingering in my mind since yesterday. 

Who is the most popular figure person in the Muslim Bohra community? 
Is there an iota of a doubt about that? 

Who is the most popular figure person in the Non- Bohra Muslim Community? 
With just a little doubt, Salman Khan. 

Isn't it too much of a coincidence that Mr Narendra Modi has met both these personalities within a span of 15 days. 

His intentions are crystal clear. Aren't they? 

The elections are looming large. With just a couple of strong contenders for the most coveted PM position, Mr Modi has come up with this brilliant PR stunt. 

Kudos to APCO, the PR consultancy handling his histrionics. 

At the face of it, no public figure would endorse a political party unless he or she is overtly associated with it. Thus, these seemingly evident encounters, would help NaMo to gain lost ground amongst the Muslims. 

The ball is now in our court. Whether to elect a person out of choice or out of compulsion. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Save our souls: The half mast controversy

We have been getting a flurry of images depicting our country's and others' flags flowing at half mast due to the death of our beloved Aqa Maula, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. 
As always, not to be easily convinced, I decided to do a small research and check out the facts before accepting them. 
It didn't take me long to get to the bottom of it all. 
Let's take our Indian flag. No better proof than first hand information. I went to Mantralaya myself and got a few pics to prove my point. As expected, our flag was not flying half mast.
Mantralaya as on 1630 hrs 19.01.14
Wikipedia has clearly stated the conditions when the flag is flown half mast. 
"The flag is flown half-mast nationwide on the death of the president, Vice-president or prime minister. It is flown half-mast in New Delhi and the state of origin for the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and Union Ministers. On deaths of Governors, Lt. Governors and Chief Ministers, the flag is flown at half-mast in the respective states and union territories."

Also, the picture that is being fluently forwarded by one and all depicting our Indian flag at half mast is actually dated 14th Aug 2012 at the death of former CM- Vilasrao Deshmukh ( Note the image of the bird flying in the right corner of the image). 

To make matters worse, the US flag has also been shown at half mast. 

"Wyoming Governor Mead has ordered the United States flag and State of Wyoming flag lowered to half-staff statewide from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, January 18, 2014 in honor of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Andrew L. McAdams who died serving our country in the line of duty in Afghanistan on Friday, January 10, 2014."

Enough is enough. I am not going to individually check all flags of various countries and the reasons for their half mast. If people love and are happy with false information, so be it. But I won't accept things lying down. I thought it was my duty to make the gullibles be aware of the facts. But I don't think, this will ever stop. And probably my work would also never end.