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Abdul Latif: The Man Who Supposedly Inspired SRK’s Raees

Latif had over 100 cases against him for charges like murdering, kidnapping, extorting, rioting, etc.

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Abdul Latif was the master of illegal alcohol trade in Gujarat. YouTube

By Ruchika Verma

  • Abdul Latif was a famous underworld don
  • He controlled the illegal liquor business in Gujarat
  • He has a long record of criminal activities and political contacts which lead to his downfall

Almost everyone watches Shahrukh Khan’s blockbuster movie, ‘Raees.’ And almost everyone appreciated it too. Not only because of Shahrukh Khan’s or other actors’ performances but also, because of the brilliant story line.

It is believed that SRK's Raees is loosely based on Abdul Latif's life. Youtube
It is believed that SRK’s Raees is loosely based on Abdul Latif’s life. Youtube

Everyone was amazed by the story of Raees, who went from Rags to riches really quick. Everyone enjoyed the movies, however, not many know that this movie was loosely based on the life a real gangster named Abdul Latif, who was a bootlegger of illegal alcohol in Gujarat.

So, who is Abdul Latif?

Abdul Latif was a don in Gujarat, born in the year 1951 in the Kalupur district of Ahmedabad, in a poor Muslim family. He went on to become one of the biggest underworld figures in Gujarat and an associate of Dawood Ibrahim.

He started by serving liquors in local gambling dens as a teenager. As he became older, he became a successful bootlegger, eventually monopolising the illegal liquor business in Gujarat.

Abdul Latif was famous for his ways of doing work and getting work done. Latif had over 100 cases against him for charges of murdering, kidnapping, extorting, rioting, etc.

He was also one of the main culprits during the Mumbai blasts of 1993. He was the main culprit who supplied RDX to the attackers. He was arrested in 1995 in New Delhi. by that time, he had 243 cases against himself and his gang. He was placed in Sabarmati Jail for the trail and was shot died in 1997 at the age of 46 when he tried to escape.

Also read: Gujarat reefs: Healing a self-inflicted wound

Abdul Latif and Politics

Underworld and Politics are closely linked, no matter how much they both deny this.

Abdul Latif was a popular face in the business. He was fearless and his risk-taking attitude and contacts made him the pioneer of this illicit liquor business.

Also Read: Patidars’ agitation and the downfall of “Gujarat model” 

It was Latif’s political connections with parties like BJP and Janta Dal that made it easy for him to run his unethical business. However, when the parties decided to separate themselves, Abdul Latif just became an issue which was rigorously used to win the elections. His name was used by all political parties who wanted to win the Gujarat elections. This lead to the downfall of the Muslim Robinhood, Abdul Latif.

Here is what Prime minister Modi has to say about him :

He was arrested the very same year in which BJP won the elections.

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Facebook States PM Narendra Modi As The Most Popular World Leader

In early February, German Chancellor Angela Merkel deleted her personal Facebook Page, which had 2.5 million fans, after stepping down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union.

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As of March 1, the Facebook Pages have a combined total of 345 million likes and published 449,739 posts in the past 12 months which have garnered a total of 767 million interactions (comments, likes and shares), said the study. Pixabay

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with over 43.5 million likes on his personal Page and 13.7 million likes on his official Page on Facebook, is the most popular world leader on the social network as more world leaders are now paying to promote their posts, a new report said on Thursday.

US President Donald Trump is at the second place with more than 23 million likes on his personal Facebook Page and Jordan’s Queen Rania is third with 16.9 million likes, said the “2019 World Leaders on Facebook” report — part of the annual “Twiplomacy” study — prepared by the leading global communications agency BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe).

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The study, using aggregate data from Facebook’s “CrowdTangle” tool, analysed the activity of 962 Facebook pages of heads of state and government and foreign ministers. 
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Brazil’s new President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office on January 1, is the most engaged world leader on Facebook. His Facebook page has registered more than 145 million interactions, almost twice as many as Trump who has 84 million total interactions.

To counter the recent changes in Facebook algorithms, several world leaders are now promoting their posts and Pages with Facebook ads. In early March 2019, 50 pages had been running ads according to Facebook’s Ads Library.

“Our latest ‘Twiplomacy’ study confirms that even among political figures who easily attract the attention of the public in social media, a paid strategy is still essential to secure reach and make a serious impact,” said Chad Latz, Chief Innovation Officer, BCW.

“Additionally, we see how some leaders are very successful by being personal and approachable on the platform using all the tools at their disposal, from Facebook Live to Facebook Stories, to engage their audiences,” Latz added.

Trump’s Facebook Page has posted more than 50,000 ads since its inception, while UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Page posted 74 paid ads in December 2018 to promote her ‘Brexit’ plan.

The study, using aggregate data from Facebook’s “CrowdTangle” tool, analysed the activity of 962 Facebook pages of heads of state and government and foreign ministers.

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To counter the recent changes in Facebook algorithms, several world leaders are now promoting their posts and Pages with Facebook ads. In early March 2019, 50 pages had been running ads according to Facebook’s Ads Library. Pixabay

As of March 1, the Facebook Pages have a combined total of 345 million likes and published 449,739 posts in the past 12 months which have garnered a total of 767 million interactions (comments, likes and shares), said the study.

Also Read: Indians Are Willing To Share Personal Information With Their Banks, Claims Study

“Followers of world leaders’ Facebook pages grew by 10 per cent (year on year) but the interactions on their Pages have dropped significantly. While world leaders registered 1.1 billion interactions in 2016, that number has decreased by 32.3 per cent compared to their interactions in 2018,” the findings revealed.

In early February, German Chancellor Angela Merkel deleted her personal Facebook Page, which had 2.5 million fans, after stepping down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union. (IANS)