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Shades of Prejudice: Bollywood celebrities add weight to skin colour debate

Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee's outrage upon facing a "racist attack" on a nationally televised comedy show has led several celebrities in Bollywood to condemn the idea of humor surrounding skin color --a prejudice deeply rooted in the society

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Mumbai, September 29, 2016: Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee’s outrage upon facing a “racist attack” on a nationally televised comedy show has led several celebrities in Bollywood to condemn the idea of humor surrounding skin color –a prejudice deeply rooted in the society.
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Clearly, Tannishtha was not amused with the ‘roast’ that she went for on “Comedy Nights Bachao”, and she wrote a Facebook post to vent her anger after experiencing that the only thing the hosts could ‘roast’ about a dark-skinned actress was “of course her dark skin”.
 Her post went viral on social media, leading to a debate on the limit to humor.
Upset about Tannishtha’s experience, filmmaker and social activist Ashoke Pandit called the show “sexist”.
“Why comment on Tannishtha’s skin color? Never heard ‘roast’ masters commenting on skin color of male superstars! Sexist. Roast Vs Racism,” Pandit tweeted on Wednesday, adding that he doesn’t find vulgarity funny.
“Today I’m vindicated that India feels offended when a woman is humiliated in the name of roast and humor. Vulgarity isn’t funny! Roast Vs Racism,” added Pandit, who is also a member of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
He recounted the All India Bakchod (AIB) Knockout Roast of January 2015 which involved leading Bollywood celebrities and was widely slammed for its offensive and explicit content.
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“That was the beginning of offensive humor, now deal with it,” he said and added: “Anyone who had supported AIB would be fine with racist comments on a woman. I’m sure the actresses laughing at the roast don’t find this racist.”
Actress Pooja Bedi joined in the debate, saying her skin color is her pride.
“If someone took off about my skin color, I’d say I love my color and I put sun-tan (not sunblock) and lie in the sun! Pride for me, prejudice for you. All extremes are brunt of jokes. Tall/short dark/fair virgin/prostitute. Remember Bachchan song ‘Jiski biwi gori/lambi’ etc? Roast Vs Racism,” Pooja tweeted.
Actress Lisa Ray said: “Even considering that dark skin is a joke comes from very deep prejudice.”
Swara Bhaskar, who is known for being vocal about her views on social issues in the country, hailed Tannishtha’s bravado in speaking up about the issue.
“Good on you Tanishtha Chatterjee! Big love, big hug and high five! You go girl,” Swara tweeted. Even her “Angry Indian Goddesses” co-star Sandhya Mridul said: “She’s a tiger! Go get them all Tan.”
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Tannishtha was a guest on “Comedy Nights Bachao” to promote her latest film “Parched” with director Leena Yadav and co-actor Radhika Apte. Tannishtha is said to have stormed out of the sets mid-shoot due to the “blatantly racist attack”, wherein she was asked ‘Aap ko jamun bahut pasand hoga zaroor…?'”
After her post went viral, Colors issued an apology to her for “any hurt that was unwittingly caused”. (IANS)
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  • Aakash Mandyal

    Shows like AIB knockout is the example of Indian society turning in to western, how much we people are facinate with western world that we have forgotten essence of our culture. These shows are with no meaning. It doesn’t make any sense to support this kind of shows.

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?