POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jan 27, 2015 AT 18:41 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 27, 2015 18:41 IST

An advertisement released by the Information and Broadcasting ministry on January 26 2015, has caused a controversy as the image of the preamble in the ad's background is seen without the words 'secular' and 'socialist'.

Congress leader and former Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari attacked the Centre on the issue, claiming the government advertisement "deleted" the two words, which was only a prelude to their "substitution" with "communal" and "corporate".

Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore, however, was quick to dismiss the charge, saying his ministry had only used an "original" picture of the Preamble as it appeared before the Amendment, to "honour" the first Preamble.

The Union Minister also claimed that the same picture had been used in an advertisement by the I&B Ministry in April 2014. Tewari had helmed the ministry at that time.

"Let me assure you, we are celebrating the 66th Republic Day, that is, we are celebrating an anniversary of the Preamble that was made way back then. The photograph that we have put is of the first Preamble that our great leaders had made at that point of time," Rathore said.

"Are we to say that the governments before 1976 were not secular? That's not the point. We were secular we will always be secular. We are honouring the first Preamble, hence this picture for the advertisement," Rathore said.

Twitterati have reacted to the ad, mostly expressing displeasure with the government:

 

 

While some have explained how the original preamble actually did not include these words and that 'secular', 'socialist' and 'integrity' were added to the Preamble in 1976 by the then government:

Meanwhile, indiaresists.com has launched an online petition condemning the 'mischievious government ad', urging social media users to protest against the ad. The petition says:

At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf
At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable. - See more at: http://www.indiaresists.com/condemn-the-mischievous-govt-ad-on-26th-january-omitting-secular-and-socialist-from-the-preamble-of-indian-constitution-petition/#sthash.zT3hGfUh.dpuf

"At the time when the people of India, and even the global community, have genuine apprehensions about the secular character of the Indian democracy, which stands threatened by a right-wing government formed with less than one-third of the popular votes, this omission is utterly condemnable."

 

(With inputs from PTI)

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jan 27, 2015 AT 18:41 IST, Edited At: Jan 27, 2015 18:41 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 07, 2014 AT 01:17 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 07, 2014 01:17 IST

Readers were recently rather startled to see this advertisement featuring a hirsute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the former Pakistani former al-Qaeda leader, accused of being the "principal architect" of 9/11, in Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey’s oldest English-language daily.

“Waiting won’t get rid of that hair!” or, more literally, “The hair will not go away because you keep waiting!” said the ad in Turkish.

In its defence, the Turkish cosmetics company which used his photograph in an ad for hair removal products pleads that it featured the notorious al-Qaeda terrorist “for his hair, not terrorism.”

“We didn’t know that he was a terrorist. This image is in popular use in Turkish memes on the Internet. The guy is quite hairy, so we thought his body was a good fit for our ad,” Mehmet Can Yıldız, a representative for the cosmetics company, told Hürriyet via phone on Nov. 4.

Yıldız told Hurriyet that the company had discovered the image on İnci Sözlük, a Turkish online social community website.

“We didn’t want to imply anything political. We didn’t know that it could become an international story. I repeat: We featured him for his hair, not terrorism,” Yıldız said.

 



The story about the ad circulated on Twitter and finally made it on Vox on Nov. 1.

 

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 07, 2014 AT 01:17 IST, Edited At: Nov 07, 2014 01:17 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Oct 30, 2014 AT 18:04 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 30, 2014 18:04 IST

An advertising agency in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, has been ordered by court to pay damages for designing a controversial poster showing two cultural icons of the 19th century locked in a kiss.

The poster shows Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly and Russian poet Alexander Pushkin in an embrace and was designed to advertise an Almaty gay club at the intersection of Kurmangazy and Pushkin streets. It was inspired by a famous image of the leaders of East Germany and the Soviet Union kissing in 1979.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 12, 2014 AT 19:14 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 12, 2014 19:14 IST

All India Bakchod are back, this time collaborating with Voctronica, with a tribute to classic Indian ads.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 12, 2014 AT 19:14 IST, Edited At: Jul 12, 2014 19:14 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Mar 11, 2014 AT 21:10 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 11, 2014 21:10 IST

What happens when 20 strangers are asked to kiss for the first time? On camera, that is. Tatia Pilieva finds out in this film that has notched up 3,749,704 views on YouTube in 4 days.

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