Parody: Sagarika Ghose goes back in time to live-tweet about India’s freedom struggle – Part I

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Given Sagarika’s unique ability to go back in time to conduct ‘live interviews’, The Unreal Times commissioned the acclaimed television news anchor and tweeter par excellence to ‘live tweet’ about seminal moments from India’s colonial past.

Sagarika commenced on her quest to tweet India’s history by travelling back to the battle that opened the doors to British imperialism: the Battle of Plassey in 1757. Although the mood was decidedly anti British and sullen then, Ghose managed to inject a sense of balance into the national narrative with this tweet:

In 1835, Thomas Macaulay introduced English-medium education in British India with the aim of creating a class of anglicized Indians to intermediate between the British rulers and the natives. For the benefit of viewers, both from the past and present, Sagarika did what has never been attempted before: a panel discussion involving some of the greatest living and deceased exponents of the English language, namely William Shakespeare from the 16th century, Thomas Macaulay from the 19th century, and Mani Shankar Aiyer from the present.

During the course of the discussion, she coined a new term to describe these new breed of anglicized Indians: Macaulayputras.

1857: CNN-IBN was the first to report of stray incidents of insubordination from the barracks of Barrackpore. Sagarika promptly made that the topic of discussion for that night’s edition of ‘Face the Nation’, setting the stage for her own skirmishes with radical elements on the battlegrounds of Twitter.

As the First war of Independence swept through the Indo-Gangetic plains, Sagarika turned the spotlight on gender insensitivity:

In 1875, otherwise a very non newsy year, Swami Dayanand Saraswati founded the Arya Samaj, a Hindu reformist movement aimed at reviving Vedic values in Hindu society. She also coined the term ‘Internet Nationalists’ around this time.

1885 was a watershed year in India’s colonial history. A. O. Hume set up the Indian National Congress with the aim of providing a forum for educated Indians to debate and discuss India’s political future. Sagarika was invited as a special observer.

1893 was noteworthy for two incidents: A mousy man called Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi was thrown out of a train in South Africa while Swami Vivekananda captured the imagination of the world with his address at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago. Both trended on Twitter with these Sagarika tweets getting re-tweeted the most.

1900: With the Congress emerging as a broad-based pan Indian political movement, Sagarika broached the shibboleths of inclusiveness and pluralism. It was around this time that her disillusionment with Twitter also began to surface.

1905 witnessed the partition of Bengal along communal lines, triggering a spate of tweets.

This was followed by the founding of the All India Muslim League with the active encouragement of British authorities in 1906. Around this time, Sagarika also became a huge fan of Jinnah, impressed with his passionate espousal of the rule of law, advocacy of Hindu-Muslim unity, faith in constitutional methods for advancement of political goals, and last but not the least, impeccable sartorial elegance combined with a clipped accent.

The first decade of the 20th century was characterized by a spurt in revolutionary activity, with Bengal as its epicenter.

With the start of the first of the great wars of the 20th century, Sagarika rallied Indians around the Union Jack.

The Jallianwalla Bagh massacre in 1919 received widespread condemnation, with Sagarika firing the first salvo followed by a clarification:

(continued in Part II)


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  3. Sagarika Ghose seals her residence on finding abusive chits planted by trolls
  4. Sagarika Ghose nominates herself for The Greatest Indian poll, after getting Twitter a/c verified
  5. CNN-IBN’s Sagarika Ghose invites Team Anna, UPA cabinet to settle differences on “Face the Nation”
 



  • Badari Narayanan

    Have captured Ms Negativity’s outlook perfectly!

    • Avinash

      Actually, it’s not pure negativity… That woman has a knack for saying exactly that which is most inappropriate for ANY given situation… Boundless stupidity manifest…

      • shri

        Talking of inappropriate, she once wished people on Good Friday!

  • Boguslika

    I’ve always wanted to know: What does FTN mean? Is it Fuck The Nation?

    • Avinash

      Good one… :P

  • http://NotThatMP.blogspot.in MP Singh (@NotThatMP)

    Wonderfully done, Avinash! I am sure this one has many more installments. Cheerio!!

    • SpellCheck

      Dear Sir, ‘Ashwin’ is spelt in a slighly different way than you have :)

      • IIPMWala

        1) Dare to think beyond Ashwin! :)
        2) Discover the “Ashwin” within “Avinash” (it is in there if you unscramble) :)

        AC..

        PS: The piece abt Sagarika was really good… :) I liked the ‘First world war’ bit… how could she have known it is ‘First’ World War and not just ‘World War’.. :) intentional slip?

  • narasimhan

    hats off ashwin….

  • abhilasha

    gud 1.. waiting 4 part 2..

  • Krr

    Live Interview with Shakespeare made my day. Waiting for part 2…

  • Arvind

    Hats off for this one. Great creativity aka originality. One on Barkha and lot more on Arnab is required.

  • Naveen

    Ashwin is the “Satirist in form”. When is part 2 hitting us ?

  • http://aamadmo.wordpress.com AdMo

    Excellent work! But why have you included ‘Parody’ in the headline when you havent done so with any other article?

  • Insane Insaan

    Ashwin, Mama, images arent clearly visible in my mob version, pls try 2 provide a text version as well :)

  • Sai

    “Swaraj – A birth right or a dangerous trend?” ROFLOL!

  • JAY K PATEL

    TOO MUCH PATIENT AND CREATIVITY NEEDS TO MAKE THIS EPISODE :: HATZ OFF TEAM

  • Misha Singhal

    Thank God for this one..!! I used to think its me only who thinks she makes no sense plus creates issue out of nowhere. I remember how she was trying to change the ending of “Inkaar” movie in her interview with the lead actors and director!! She’s one of her piece and given an important time slot for not the right reason!

  • Premchand

    Haha..simply superb.
    I was laughing my arse off hahaha :P.
    Please add more historical incident lol..like Gandhi’s Dandi March, Bhagat Singh Satyagraha, Round Table Conference, Naval Mutiny, Shivkar Bapuji Talpade’s Historical Flight..etc..

  • http://ashwinsatirekumar.blogspot.com Ashwin

    Thanks guys!

  • mithi

    hahahaha, it’s so hilarios i m gonna print it out and put it on my desk, puts knucklehead sagarika into perspective :D :D

  • panini10

    Ingenious.

  • Lallu Lal panwala

    Outstanding!!put some Internet Nationalist troll/interaction also.

  • http://www.savitriera.blogspot.com Tusar N. Mohapatra

    Annie Besant came to India in 1893 and Sri Aurobindo returned to India the same year.

  • Ankit

    This is epic!

  • S RIJU

    her tweet about the article Sagarika Ghose Verified account
    ‏@sagarikaghose
    Internet Hindus equate their venomous tirades to the freedom movement! How vain (and historically challenged) can you get?

    https://twitter.com/sagarikaghose/status/317195319211331585

  • Sidd

    Enjoyed it thoroughly.. Mimics her character perfectly… Want to see more :-)

  • agyaat

    Ashwhin, you missed Saggy’s pink chaddi campaign associated with Laxmi Bai’s killing.

  • darpan

    Brilliant!

  • Ehsaan

    She makes up history! Saw Waheeda Rehman’s two separate interviews where she said that though she did not change her name, most Muslims changed their names when entering movies because movies were not seen as a respectful profession. But Ghose in more than a few programs has been making up stuff and saying that it was because of Hindu-Muslim crap! She will go to any lengths to push her agenda. Sick!

  • Kamesh

    Nice one ! Really gives me “Goose pimples” ! :-)

  • zen

    Awesome!!
    Had a good laugh.
    I think the “F” in “FTN” would make more sense if it’s F**k than face.

  • Manjunath Reddy

    Cheerio Folks…. :) ha haa haaaa….

  • Narsi Kaushik

    Superb; though looks like a joke, FACT to the core.

  • Maaz Kalim

    This post is offensive one! :|

  • Shantanu Uniyal

    Sir this is among the greatest troll ever witnessed..i am sure if there is an award for the same you will be nominated..keep up the great work..specially love the way you take out our anger on this corrupt govt.and their shameless agents with humor..amazing..

  • vijay

    Wonderful..loved SG’s tweet on “Gandhi thrown out of train in SA. Should indian railway laws be made more stricter” .. epic..

  • Archana

    Excellent!

    I was wondering over similar lines, that how our bi-polar media would portray historical events
    of the past, when I saw one done about Fox News.

    Keep Up the great efforts.