Archive for January, 2017

‘Salman and Bigg Boss may send out wrong message if Bani J is made winner’


Many feel that Bani J is being projected as the winner of Bigg Boss 10. Her close friendship with past BB winner Gauhar Khan is also said to be a reason she is being preferred. However, chess master Dhyani Dave who analyses Bigg Boss just like a mind game of chess, feels Bani winning the reality show could bring a bad name to Salman Khan and the show.


“Over the years, both Salman Khan and Bigg Boss have been seen as righteous. Salman always encourages good behaviour on the show and supports the morally correct. And Bigg Boss, through his commanding yet affectionate voice, has also always stood for good,” Dhyani points out.


She explains, “Banj J has been a very strong contender on the show. She has made a lot of right moves to stay put and reminds one of the way Gauhar played a very smart game. However, unlike Gauhar, Bani has been one of the most foul-mouthed contestants on Bigg Boss. We cannot deny this fact. Through her beeped lip-movements bachcha-bachcha understands that Bani has been giving the choicest of gaalis to those who she hasn’t vibed with.”


“If Bani is made the winner, then the show may send out a wrong message that swear words are cool. That would be very ironical for a show, which inspite of seeking eyeballs through the concept of voyeurism, has taken pride on supporting the good in people.” Dhyani does have a point.


Subramanian Swamy’s FB parody account makes fun of PM and Radhe Maa!



Even as the world rages with issues about ‘fake news’ on social media, India has a new unique example. This week, a Facebook parody account of politician Subramanian Swamy has released a picture of prime minister Narendra Modi having lunch with some people and added its own conspiracy theory about the PM siding with “liquor mafia.”


Within an hour of it being uploaded, the post already has more than 2,200 ‘likes’ and 720 ‘shares’. What’s more! The parody account has gone one step further to compare the PM with ‘godwoman’ Radhe Maa, with a line stating, “Lol Pure & pious Like Radhe Ganga Maa.” (sic)


Sanjeev Gupta of Global Advertisers, the patron of Radhe Maa, has taken a strong stand on such propaganda. He says, “Conspiracy theories on social media defame people. The government as well as the social media sites should find out ways to stop and even dissuade mischievous people from spreading information that unnecessarily targets celebrities and spreads dissent.” Gupta believes that, “apart from Facebook taking stringent measures, the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (CCIC) should also take note of such matters.”


“Social media often takes a dig at the ‘I am pure and pious’ comment Radhe Maa had made once. We are in a democracy and constructive criticism is not a problem,” adds Global Advertisers’ publicist Dale Bhagwagar. “However, turning and twisting words and unethically linking them to the honourable PM’s name, is stretching things a bit too far,” he remarks.


It can be noted here that just last week, Hillary Clinton claimed that ‘fake news’ on social media spread through email leaks by Russians, was partly responsible for her defeat against Donald Trump in the recent US elections. Among other reasons, she argued that Russian president Vladimir Putin had personally directed a hacking operation that lost her the US presidency. Her emails leaked on Wiki Leaks are said to have been misconstrued and then widely discussed on social media.


There are concerns about the impact false information and hoaxes may have on elections in Germany, France and other European countries next year. The role of Facebook in particular, in the dissemination of ‘fake news’, has been the subject of increasing debate. Last week, Facebook rolled out some preliminary steps to combat ‘fake news’, enlisting third-party fact-checkers to assess the veracity of posts flagged by users.


Borivali has a Santa Claus, and it’s not Salman Khan

Radhe Maa helps poor people in Salman Khan style


Bandra ki andheri raaton mein, sunsaan raahon par, ek maseeha nikalta hai, jise log Salman Khan kehte hai. The Being Human megastar is often heard of helping poor people in the middle of the night, on streets around his house in the Mumbai suburb. What’s more! He is also said not to seek credit or attention for what he does.


Now it seems Salman has inspired ‘godwoman’ Radhe Maa to do the same. Last week, the lady was spotted with some of her disciples, distributing blankets to poor people around the streets of her abode in Borivali on a strong winter night.


Radhe Maa even went a step ahead in secrecy. She walked up to a few people sleeping on the pavements, quietly wrapped a blanket around them and moved away. If it wasn’t for her tika, bangles and disciples around her, Radhe Maa dressed in her patent bright scarlet-red attire, could almost be mistaken for Santa Claus.


Her patron Sanjeev Gupta of Global Advertisers confirms that Radhe Maa has indeed been doing a lot of charity, including distribution of blankets. “She has distributed more than 3,000 blankets to the underprivileged. And as the winter increases, she will try and help more and more people,” he says.