R for Rumours

I used to receive more calls from the call centres than I use to get from my contacts. So I activated DND because it used to be irritating as well as disheartening. DND felt like a good way to take away the unwanted affection I used to get from the call centre executives. Only if there existed a way to filter stupid forwards and rumours on WhatsApp, I would have experienced pure bliss.

“Why is India called Bharat in Hindi and India in English?

More than 99% people are unaware that according to Oxford Dictionary, India stands for –

I – Independent

N – Nation

D – Declared

I – In

A – August

It is a humble request that you share this message within maximum people so that they become aware.”

This message gave me more knowledge than 8 years of studying history ever gave me. Definitely, India was called India because it achieved independence in August. No, it was a mere coincidence that the British named their trading company as ‘East INDIA Company’, nearly 50 years before they colonised us and about 150 years before we achieved independence from their rule. How can you doubt the messages forwarded on WhatsApp on the basis of the knowledge that the failing Indian education system imparted you with?

“Congratulation to all of us. Our national anthem “Jana Gana Mana… ” is declared as the “BEST ANTHEM OF THE WORLD” by UNESCO. Just few minutes ago.”

UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It is an organization which aims at bringing nations together to achieve international peace and universal respect of human rights. Of course UNESCO has no pressing issues to concentrate on. Human rights violation in Syria and countries talking of war is not at all important than having a competition between national anthems and judging which country’s Prime Minister is the best minister.

Being a Kokanastha Brahmin, my first question regarding anything is, “How much will it cost?”. Messages that promise to increase your phone balance when forwarded on five different groups are my secret pleasures. You can only understand my disappointment when I don’t get any talk-time, but end up losing precious data from my limited data plans.

What is there to lose if I forward a message without verifying its authenticity? The group administrator of the group where the fake messages and rumours are circulated might just land in jail.

As a responsible individual, it is our duty to ensure that the messages we forward are true, and aren’t some rumours. Unfulfillment of this duty will bring ten years of bad luck!

 

Written for the #AtoZChallenge2017

Featured Image Courtesy: brookenovak via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND
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