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IITB for Bharat vs. The Wire: A hilarious journey from silver screen dreams to newsroom chaos

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Son: “Father, I want to be a movie writer/director!”

Father: “Sorry, son, but we don’t have connections or money for that.”

Son: “No problem, Dad. I’ll become a news writer for ‘The Wire’ instead.”

Father: “But who will believe your made-up stories?”

Son: “Don’t worry, I’ll get a fancy degree from Harvard or IIT Bombay.”

Father: “But you won’t make much money.”

Son: “That’s okay, Dad. As long as I’m happy.”

And that’s how the adventure of these news writers begins. Who knows? “The Wire” might just be a stepping stone to their blockbuster success. And so, the saga of the news writers begins a tale that blends reality and imagination in the most unexpected ways. Whether they succeed or fail, one thing is certain: their stories will continue to entertain and perplex readers, leaving them questioning the very nature of truth and the boundaries of storytelling.

Recently, we came across a similar article that made us question reality and wonder if we accidentally stepped into a parallel universe. Such is the case with the recent article by “The Wire” titled “Saffron Spillovers in Educational Spaces: An Insider’s View from IIT Bombay.” Brace yourselves, folks, because we’re about to embark on a hilarious journey to counter the baseless claims and comically dissect the misleading arguments presented in this article.

Let’s dive right into the heart of the matter – the intriguing tale of the student group IIT B for Bharat at IIT Bombay. According to “The Wire,” this group was found distributing free tickets to women students for an Islamophobic movie called “The Kerala Story.” Now, hold your laughter because this is where it gets truly bizarre. The article suggests that distributing free tickets somehow fosters hatred and instills suspicion and anger among students on campus. Seriously, who knew free movie tickets had such immense power?

The Emulation of the ‘Other’ and Other Misadventures? The article’s authors accuse the student group of indulging in a toxic progression of the ‘stigmatization and emulation’ strategy. They claim that the group’s actions perpetuate division and promote Islamophobia. Now, let’s take a step back and assess the situation. We have a student group expressing its views and organizing events based on their perspective of the “Periyar Study Circle.” Are we going to label this as some grand scheme of hate? The authors of the article might have overdosed on conspiracy theories.

Mischievous Exhibits or Desperate Attempts to Find Faults? The article further lists several posts made by the student group, which are supposedly evidence of their regressive and hateful agenda. However, upon closer inspection, these posts range from calls for preserving cultural heritage to expressing concerns about societal issues. It’s as if the authors have taken a crash course in misinterpreting innocent social media posts. They should consider a career in creative writing or stand-up comedy, as they possess a talent for spinning harmless content into a web of controversy.

The article raises concerns about the impact of such student groups on IIT Bombay’s inclusive environment. However, it fails to acknowledge the diverse range of opinions and perspectives within any institution. Instead of embracing this diversity, the authors choose to label it as a “red flag.” It’s essential to remember that universities are meant to be spaces of intellectual freedom and exploration, not echo chambers where only one viewpoint is accepted.

The article says that Institute lacks diversity, engages in dialogue, and cultivates empathy, understanding, and respect for one another. Really, but let me show such mind-boggling diversity that even the Communist Party’s faithful chamchas couldn’t resist adding their two cents to the mix. They rose up, opposing the CAA and NRC, and rallying behind the “Divide India” concept championed by Sarjeel Imam, an IIT alumni himself. Yep, they took diversity to a whole new level, embracing ideas that would make your head spin faster than a top in zero gravity.

And let’s not forget the real rebels on campus! We have a scholarly troublemaker who dared to cross the line and hurl abuses at Prabhu Shri Ram. Oh, the audacity! The institute is still scratching its heads, trying to figure out how to handle this bold firebrand who’s taking freedom of speech to new, and somewhat sacrilegious, heights.

Also we should not forget that one of the authors of the article has diverse research interests: artificial intelligence, hate speech, and interfaith solidarity. It’s almost like he’s conducting a study on how to blend two completely contradictory concepts into one. It’s like he’s trying to create an algorithm for spreading love through insult-driven memes.

I can imagine his research findings now: “Artificial intelligence discovers the secret to promoting hate speech while fostering interfaith solidarity. A groundbreaking discovery in the world of oxymorons!” Maybe he should consider writing a guidebook on how to spread love and harmony through the power of hate speech. After all, who knew that bringing people together involved offending and demeaning them at the same time? He’s truly pushing the boundaries of logic and reason in the most humorous way possible.

And then we have another author, a Master’s Scholar at IIT Bombay. Her work revolves around the intersection of gender, sexuality, and policy. I can only imagine the lively discussions she must have during coffee breaks, debating the correlation between lipstick shades and public governance. Who knew that policies and lip gloss had such a deep connection?

Remember, their views are strictly personal and do not reflect the institution’s stance. Because let’s be honest, it would be pretty hilarious if IIT Bombay suddenly declared hate speech and lipstick policies as their official research priorities. Let’s give a round of applause to our amusing authors who juggle contradictory interests and remind us that sometimes life’s most outstanding entertainment comes from the most unexpected combinations!

Anyway, it is pretty clear that either you accept that the IIT Bombay has diversification, engages in dialogue, and cultivates empathy, understanding, and respect for one another, or you accept that the author of the article written in “The Wire” was destined to be a movie scriptwriter rather than a news writer. With their incredible ability to concoct fantastical narratives and create drama out of thin air, Hollywood would be knocking on their door in no time.

Picture this: “The Saffron Saga: A Tale of Free Tickets and Unfounded Fear.” It would be a blockbuster hit, filled with over-the-top twists and turns, where the power of a free movie ticket holds the world’s fate in its hands. Move over, Steven Spielberg, because we’ve found the next master storyteller in the unlikeliest of places: the world of journalism!

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