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Chhota Bheem, NaMo rakhis take Delhi markets by storm this year

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Every year markets in the capital display a huge variety of Rakhis, and every year there exists a trend of a type of Rakhi. Well, this year the trend and one which is a huge success among Delhi’s youth are rakhis bearing a caricature of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The other types of rakhis, which are giving a tough competition to the Modi rakhi, are those which bear caricatures of Chhota Bheem, Mighty Raju, Ben 10, Diego, Ninja Hathori, Doraemon and Pokemon.

Another rakhi in hot demand is a combination of Chhota Bheem and Modi with “Desh ka Hero” written across it.

” NaMo rakhis are must have for staunch BJPites like us. But, you will be surprised to see how kids are recognising him and are willing to buy the rakhis as well,” says Mukesh, owner of a shop in Lajpat Nagar.

The popularity of the Prime Minister has increased among little kids, owing to televisions. Indian markets always come up with interesting trends during festivals each year, so it was not surprising at all that such an unthinkable and interesting combination of Chhota Bheem and Narendra Modi came up. Moreover, these rakhis are selling like hot cakes now.

“I have seen him on TV. I am sure my colony friends will be jealous of me when I show them my unique Modi rakhi. He is as popular as Chhota Bheem or Ben 10. Everyone has Spiderman rakhis, so I want a Modi rakhi from my sister this year,” says a little kid who was shopping with his mother in Laxmi Nagar.

Though the tiny tots are enthusiastic about the NaMo rakhis, the older ones are skeptical. They wonder if wearing a NaMo rakhi would mean that they are voluntarily showing their solidarity to BJP. Some even wonder if it is strategic campaigning on part of the BJP government.

 

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WhatsApp and NASSCOM To Come Up With Digital Literacy Training To Curb Fake News

"This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,"

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The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges. Pixabay

As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.

The co-created curriculum, which includes real-world anecdote tools that can be used to verify a forwarded message and actions that users can take like reporting problematic content to fact checkers and other law enforcement agencies, will be disseminated in multiple regional languages.

“We are excited to expand our partnerships with civil society to advance crucial digital literacy skills that can help combat misinformation share on WhatsApp,” Abhijit Bose, Head of India, WhatsApp, said in a statement.

“This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added.

The training will be imparted by volunteers from NASSCOM Foundation who will launch the “each one teach three” campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect.

These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages.

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As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.
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The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges.

“The use of technology platforms like WhatsApp are inherently meant to foster social good, harmony, and collaboration, but are sadly being used by a small number of miscreants to entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information,” Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said.

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“This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added. Pixabay

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“I would like to urge all the connected citizens who want to join this fight against the spread of fake information, to come and help volunteer towards the cause,” Pamidi added.

Aspiring volunteers can register at www.mykartavya.nasscomfoundation.org

NASSCOM Foundation is the social arm of the industry body, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM). (IANS)