Fake publicity stunts by political parties should get wider coverage
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)