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  1. pmaitra

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    Facepalm Moments


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    1. Miss India Universe on Twitter

    Training on how to employ social media needs to be made mandatory for all Miss Universe participants. Miss India Universe contestant Vasuki Sunkavalli face-palm moment was to tweet the posts of US-based columnist Sadanand Dhume without attribution.
    Dhume responded to this Twiter protocol heresy by saying, “Beauty pageant ethics ain’t what they used to be (sic). At least 7 of Miss India Universe 2011 @vasukisunkavali’s 29-odd tweets lifted from me…”
    Vasuki hadn’t thought too much about it, since she was blissfully unaware that it wasn’t accepted Twitter practice to copy somebody else’s posts and put them as your own. When confronted, she admitted, “It wasn’t accidental. I can’t possibly copy and paste accidentally now can I? Just dint know the technical know how of “re-tweeting.”
    Now that’s a quote worth re-tweeting.


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    2. Rakhi Sawant’s Marriage Aspirations

    Rakhi Sawant, the item bomb, dropped a big one earlier this year when she declared her love for Yoga-guru Baba Ramdev, and said that she wanted to marry him.Sawant is no stranger to controversy. A few years back she kicked up a huge fuss about being kissed by singer Mika. Then the reality TV show, ‘Rakhi Sawant ka Swayamvar’; where she was courted by 15 men to win her hand in marriage was revealed by News 24 in a sting operation to be a sham. Well-known for her ample assets, she was constantly asked about whether they were acquired through plastic surgery, to which she retorted, “'Jo Bhagwan nahi deta woh doctor deta hai,” (What God doesn’t give, the doctor does).
    Going by the past of the queen of controversy, one thing is for sure, this wont be the last time that she embroiled in something controversial.

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    3. BSY’s Nobel aspirations

    In July this year, former Karnataka chief minister BS Yedurrappa, was facing a political maelstrom, when accusations of corruption and nepotism swirled threatening to derail his government. He decided the best way to deflect this was to make a statement that reeked of being delusional and out of touch with reality. Yedurrappa declared that he was the first chief minister in the country to have gotten rid of illegal mining and that he should get a Nobel for his efforts.

    This statement was immensely laughable, especially since Yedurappa was dodging daggers from the opposition, who were accusing him of graft, some of these charges were related to illegal mining. Allegations of corruption finally felled him. He was arrested and jailed on October 15[SUP]th[/SUP], and currently languishes there, awaiting a bail plea scheduled for November 28[SUP]th[/SUP].


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    4. Dirty, dark Tamils – Maureen Chao

    Yes, South Indians will make fun of North Indians and call them ‘uncultured’ and the North Indians, will call all folks down South, ‘Madrasis’. But, Indians will go ballistic if a foreigner makes any references to color, caste or religious beliefs. Maureen Chao, US Vice-consul committed hara kiri when she said, “I was very dirty and dark, I was looking like a Tamilian,” referring to a train journey during her first visit to India.
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was quick to condemn the remarks saying that it smacked of racism and demanded an unconditional apology.
    Chao was swift with the apology and issued a statement regretting her remarks. But the damage had been done. Within two weeks of making the seemingly racist comments, Chao resigned her posting, and left the country.

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    5. Ghulam Nabi Azad on Homosexuality

    What is a disease that is unnatural and comes from foreign shores? If you were to ask Ghulam Nabi Azad, union health minister, he’d say its
    homosexuality. In July, this year, he claimed that men having sex with men was ‘unnatural’ and a ‘disease’ that needs to be faced by Indian society.Homosexuality may have been decriminalized in 2009, when the Supreme Court overturned Section 377 (the anti-sodomy law) of the Indian Penal Code, but in the mind of Azad it remains something that isn’t ‘good for Indian society.’ NGOs, gay rights groups and certain sections of civil society were quick to condemn Azad’s gaffe.
    But, there was no apology forthcoming from Azad.

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    6. Swami Agnivesh’s Rant on Video

    The saffron-robed God-man Swami Agnivesh would have never have seen this coming. Once part of the core team of Lokpal Bill campaigner Anna Hazare, he was quickly distanced and sidelined once the video of him chastising Hazare surfaced. He apparently called Hazare a ‘pagal’ (madman) in the video. A fall-out between the two quickly ensued.Agnivesh tried to make amends later. After an early exit from the reality show ‘Bigg Boss’ he spoke about wanting to mend ties with Hazare. The latter responded by saying that he’s open to talking with the Swami.
    A truce is still forthcoming.

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    7. UPA sends Hazare to jail

    The UPA may have knowingly or unknowingly shot itself many times in the foot in the past year. But the incident that must really make them smart was the handling of Anna Hazare’s decision of going on an indefinite fast demanding a strong Lokpal.Hazare’s threat to go on an indefinite fast was no doubt, against prohibitory orders, but the UPA’s decision to arrest him sent the nation into a tizzy. The Gandhian who always had the moral high ground suddenly had wrested full control of his face-off with the UPA.
    The UPA quickly did a quick volte-face after Rahul Gandhi’s intervened to have Hazare released the same evening. By then the UPA’s image had been shattered irreversibly.

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    8. UB Group ‘Have I made it large?’

    In India spoofs on ads don’t go down too well. The UB Group learned that the hard way when they were forced to withdraw their controversial ad that spoofed the Royal Stag ad. The original ad which talks about success has Saif Ali Khan, Harbhajan Singh and a few other celebrities who end the ad with the question, ‘Have I made it large?’
    The UB Group roped in the India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to produce a spoof of the ad through McDowells No. 1 soda. In the ad featuring a look-alike of Harbhajan, the Indian off-spinner gets slapped by his father for creating gigantic iron balls in his attempt to 'make it large' at the ball-bearings workshop. At the end he asks, “Have I made it large?” to which Dhoni replies, “Forget large, do something different.” Singh, as expected was not too please and slapped the UB Group with a legal notice claiming the ad mocks him, his family, and the Sikh community. The ad that’s mocks Khan also has something similar, where he’s referred to as the ‘junior’ and Dhoni urging him to stop thinking ‘large’ and aim for ‘different’ instead.

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    9. Kiran Bedi on Traveling Economy

    Kiran Bedi the super cop, and winner of many awards, like the Magsaysay Award and the United Nations medal muddied her image in October this year. Bedi, a member of the core team of the Lokpal campaigner Anna Hazare, was accused of over billing the companies and institutions that host her.
    The allegations leveled against her: that she travels economy and charges business class, and she doesn’t pass on the discount she gets from Air India, being entitled to it having won the President’s gallantry award.
    Bedi, initially tried to defend herself, but soon had to agree to return the excess fare that she had charged. She, however, continued to say that she had nothing wrong.

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    10. S M Krishna reads Wrong Speech

    External affairs minister S.M Krishna is no stranger to the faux pas. He has a long history of saying the wrong things. But reading his Portuguese counterpart’s speech for a full three minutes at the UN Security Council meeting, and being unaware of gaffe, was inexcusable. Luckily for him India’s chief diplomat at the UN pointed this out to him and gave him the correct speech. Could it be age that’s catching up with Krishna or is it just sheer negligence?
    Gaffes and Krishna are joined at the hip. When a foreign journalist asked him about Afghanistan, he answered saying that India and Afghanistan may not be ‘immediate neighbors’ but it’s following up on the activities there. The journalist must have been shocked at Krishna’s lack of geographical knowledge. In another case in the Rajya Sabha, Krishna was asked about a Pakistani doctor Mohammad Khalil Chisti jailed in India, and he misunderstood the prisoner to be an Indian who was behind bars in Pakistan. He had replied by saying that Pakistan will have to consider his release based on humanitarian grounds.



    Source: Yahoo! India Year in Review 2011 - Facepalm Moments
     
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    Rakhi Sawant is a babe. A major babe.
     
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    I believe you need to see an eye specialist. Come to India because we know the yank medical care is not light on the wallet. :laugh:
     
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    How can you not like those [​IMG] ? 8)
     

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