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Fake publicity stunts by political parties should get wider coverage

July 28, 2007

The news about a political party staging a publicity stunt was not reported widely, at least I didn’t see it in the national newspapers. But this is a very important piece of news and an eye-opener for the public because this sort of thing is common behavior with certain kinds of political parties. Its fake stunts like these which get the wrong type of people the attention which can get them votes. I have written about how political parties often use womens’ issues (and other sensitive issues) to whip up passions and attract attention to themselves. This particular incident has caught them red-handed.

According to this Mumbai Mirror report the RPI (Republican Party of India) located an empty shop at Vikas Palms Complex, put up a banner which said ‘Sigma Cyber Cafe,’ made sure that a few computers (actually empty CPU boxes) were inside, ensured media presence and then proceeded to vandalise the place Why?

…to protest a porn site that showed lewd photographs of a woman posing next to a bust of Gautam Buddha. Several angry RPI activists landed at the cyber cafe, set computers on fire and destroyed the cafe. The event was duly covered by television channels.

The police discovered the fraud, but is it surprising that the owner of the shop did not register a complaint?? Obviously he must have allowed the activists to use his shop in this manner.

Unfortunately the gullible masses fall for these kinds of stunts (our society being a prudish one gets easily outraged) and gives the parties dubious ‘credit’ for their anti-people activities and the parties’ themselves manage to remain in the limelight. Unfortunately, this also brings to the fore issues which are best ignored.

(photo credits: Mumbai Mirror)

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  1. July 28, 2007 9:40 am

    That was weird.. and T’rrow during election campaign they may put a fake Atom Bomb or may be a Real Bomb in an empty space & try getting mercy votes from public!! It’s Easy way to get some personal/political/religious gain??

    Glad to see police discovering The Fraud even when they had no complaints.. But What was the police action after they found it Fraud? Are they being held accountable?

    and How to stop these types of event to re-occur?

  2. July 28, 2007 10:03 am

    i doubt whether they will be held accountable. For one thing, no one has registered a complaint as yet as far as I know and thats essential if this has to be taken forward.
    I feel our people are gullible and such misdeeds of the politicians should be highlighted. The only way these kind of incidents will reduce if the public finds out, and here we can only depend on the media. The police are not always helpful here and often play along. People who do such things should be exposed and shamed. These kind of frauds are perpetuated on a larger scale – we actually know nothing. All this to gather mileage for the party.

  3. July 28, 2007 10:19 am

    I don’t know if we can ever entirely stop politicians from lying to us. But perhaps we can educate ourselves about how they lie to us so that we are not misled by putting blind trust in them.

  4. July 28, 2007 1:45 pm

    As the daughter of a politician, I can safely say that politicians will stop lying as soon as people, in general, stop lying. This is an issue that every country faces. Politicians (and the media) lie in my country all of the time and our citizens keep believing the lies. It might not be as ‘outrageous’ as this example, but it happens constantly. Drives me batty.

  5. July 28, 2007 1:53 pm

    What really is outrageous in India are the communal riots which are invariably orchestrated by poltiical parties and then its the public as a whole which has to accept the blame for them. The majority of those at the forefront of communal riots in India are politicians and their goons – that is why they do not even get punished. The public thinks its his neighbour or someone like him who has done it.

  6. July 28, 2007 2:03 pm

    wow, I had no idea. By ‘outrageous’ above I meant more like ‘poorly staged’. But what you just mentioned is outrageous. Paul hit the nail on the head with learning how your politicians lie to you so that you are not mislead.

  7. July 28, 2007 9:48 pm

    I agree with Paul – the key is “educating ourselves about how they lie to us”. And your post is one way to do it – thanks so much!

    On an ideological level, I disagree that “politicians will stop lying as soon as people, in general, stop lying”. Politicians are “supposed” to be leaders. They ought to show the public the right way. India’s leaders, after independence, showed leadership and never lied. In the same way that America’s founding fathers never lied.

    The sad truth is that politicians in our generation have been dragging themselves down to society’s levels, or even lower. The moral level of a society can never be and should never be a a justification for a politician’s immoral behavior.

  8. July 29, 2007 1:25 am

    Mahendra,

    I agree with your ideals, but politicians are, in reality, subject to being human. And humans lie. The interesting thing about the American founders is that they were all crazy lying drunks. Well, they drank, a lot. Don’t actually know if they were drunks, but the night before they signed the declaration of independence they through a big ‘kegger’ (party) and got wasted. I think, if I remember my history correctly, about 30% of the guys who were originally supposed to sign the Declaration of Independence didn’t even show up the next morning to sign the thing.

    Which is not to put America down, it highlights that our founding fathers were human and imperfect. They drank too much, the did not follow through with all of their promises, and they lied. In short, they lived with passion (sometimes a little too much). But the foundations of government that they laid down for us were amazing. There is a middle ground.

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