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Indian Express editor Shekhar Gupta’s highly humorous front-cover page story, which insinuates that the Army may have tried to mount a coup in January on the same day that the Army Chief petitioned the SC to correct government records regarding his date of birth, has so impressed the editorial board of India’s favorite satire website, The Unreal Times, that Shekhar has been invited to become its chief editor. Gupta has accepted the offer and will now be responsible for sourcing and shaping fictional content with a tinge of humor for the website. The veteran journalist has severed links with the Indian Express with immediate effect.
Confirming the news to the mainstream media, C S Krishna, a co-editor at The UnReal Times said, “We have been in the news satire business for quite some time now but till date have never read such an amazingly humorous work of fiction. Guptaji has done a wonderful job and has had the nation laughing since morning. He’s been trending on Twitter with tweeple joking at his expense. After yesterday night’s IPL opening ceremony horror and trauma, this was just what people needed to revive their spirits. We then spoke to him, made him realize his talent’s worth and convinced him that The Indian Express clearly isn’t the place for him. We even told him about the kind of value and recognition he would get as well as add to our website if he were to write such articles for us. Guptaji instantly agreed and we have to say we’re extremely privileged to have him on board”.
Shekhar is thrilled about working with The Unreal Times. “Initially, I was sooo pissed that this article meant for April 1st got published on April 4th instead, and that too as a front page cover story without even a disclaimer that it was meant to titillate, not inform. But now my career has got a boost with that offer from The Unreal Times. F**k man, they tell me there are no editorial standards regarding accuracy and objectivity to uphold. I just need to make people laugh. Suits me perfectly,” cooed raved the veteran journalist.
Special correspondent Ashwin S Kumar too was thrilled about the new recruitment, saying, “It is not for nothing that he’s called Shaker Gupta. He has literally shaken the nation with his recent article!” This move by the UnReal folks has left other news satire websites in panic, with a popular fake news website in India supposedly approaching another skillful fiction fabricator, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh, to write articles for them.
Meanwhile, Shekhar Gupta has already gotten down to work, penning his first article for The UnReal Times, titled “After soup song, Dhanush to now make coup song”.
(Reported by special correspondent, Ashwin S Kumar)