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Slamming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seems to have become a fad these days. After TIME magazine and a UK-based newspaper carried disparaging reports about the Prime Minister, Google Inc is the latest to join the bandwagon. The tech giant has now come out with a “Poodle Doodle”, featuring the duo of Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi alongside a poodle and its owner.
“Mainstream media is having so much fun at Dr. Singh’s expense. So we though why not let Google users also join in and partake in the revelry. This is also our way of paying tribute to him for introducing colorful words such as ‘Under-achiever’, ‘Lame-Duck’ and now ‘Poodle’ into the discourse on national politics,” said K. Balaji, head of Google Doodle India.
The Doodle team has promised to honour Dr. Singh on his birthday as well. “We have many interesting ideas in the pipeline to silently pay homage to him on that day. PMO had suggested a Google doodle in the form of a guitar, which will not sound, no matter how many strings the user pulls unless the user happens to be Sonia Gandhi ji. We could do that too,” added Mr. Balaji.
As expected, the doodle has gone viral on social networking sites prompting Congress party workers to voice their protest using Google Hangouts, leading to the first signs of activity in Google+, in a long time.
Law Minister Salman Khurshid urged Nehru-Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi to provide “direction” to teams of young techies to develop a secular search engine. Not to be outdone, Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has already commissioned a project to develop an indigenous search engine, ‘Vayu’, for catering to the unique search needs of Indians and challenge the monopoly of Google. “Vayu will be a superior alternative to Google. For instance, typing Rahul Gandhi will only throw up links to quotes from Congress leaders gushing about Rahul’s greatness,” boasted Mr. Sibal.
A protest against the doodle by the Tamil Nadu Youth Congress saw many packets of Maggi Noodles being burnt in front of the US Consulate.