Only if Facebook was there in the freedom struggle !!

Posted: January 23, 2012 in In The Bug's Mind, Popcorn posts, Reader's Idea, Satire
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Before opening this treat of miseries and frustration to you, I would like to thank my friend Ashish Baberwal for the wonderful idea. Also, he wanted me to mention his name on the blog. 😛

Moving on, “Things we all observed, and I said” is the tagline of my blog (In case u didn’t know) so this time I thought of coming up with a straight away observation, “The impact of Facebook in our lives”.
I know I know, cliché, people have said a lot, why should I read this… etc. etc. etc…  So here’s something that my dear friend added to it, what if this impact existed at the time of our freedom struggle. Now the whole thing just followed this weird idea.

Starting with the 1857 struggle, remember the names like Mangal pandey and Rani Laxmibai? Before going to tear off that non vegetarian bullet, Mangal Pandey might have had created a poll on Facebook, “About to chew the cover of bullet. What do you think? is it cow meat?” (Man the people saying No would have been screwed!!)

Moving on, imagine Karamchand gandhi’s status on facebook on 2nd October 1869, “Blessed with a baby boy. I and putlibai are sooooo happpyyyyyy” with Motilal Nehru, Nelson mandela and 22 others like this beneath it. I am pretty sure 100 years later even the FB directors would have reshared this status on their timelines!

And then the freedom struggle would have continued… M.K Gandhi keeps updating his profile with things like “Law from England” and “Doing Satyagraha in South Africa”.
And then a Facebook fan page named “Indian National Congress” would have been formed in 1885 joined in by thousands of likes later on followed by another page called the Muslim League! And it’s founder also making a group called “We Hate INC

I believe Bhagat singh’s family was quite poor so expecting them to use internet isn’t very likely (As if the rest of the things are!) but one news about him would have been closely noticed by the britishers, “Chandrashekhar azad and Bhagat singh are now friends

Just like these days, viral posts would have been there. Whenever female freedom strugglers update anything, they would have got far more likes than any other male struggler. People like Saunders and Simon would have created Javascript spams instead of lathicharges.
And the slogan “Simon Go Back” would actually have been an FB page liked by tons of people in a single day and “Inquilab zindabad” would be creating a wave even bigger than the kolaveri song.

When Gandhiji started the Dandi march, his status would have been “Going to make salt, see ya” and then the like counter would have slowly increased from 1 to 1000 in a few hours with him checking in at different places now and then, and then the last status “We broke the salt law” containing a 100 “Yippeee, congrats 😀 ” comments below.

 gandhi ji on facebook

And the best part, The Non Co-Operation movement would actually be an FB event where people would have boycotted British fan pages and stopped liking any of the status updates by the governor general. And when some revolutionary might have made an abusive comment on FB, Gandhiji would have called off the movement with a 1000 people disliking the activity.

I am pretty sure then there would have been a fourth monkey with his hands on the keyboard.
Our first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru’s autobiography would actually have been a Facebook note.
And instead of putting someone in jail, suspending his FB profile for a week would have been enough of a penalty!
The profile pic of B.R Ambedkar showing his index finger would have been the most liked one on FB that time. 
Charkha would have been the cover pic of many.

Pretty imaginable, our PM would have updated a status “We are FREEEEEE!!!!!” at the midnight and the status would have had a 1000 shares and lakhs of likes!

Here we come to an end. While writing this, I thought this might be even funnier with some graphics and international events, but thanks to my super poor Photoshop skills and a busy schedule in doing nothing, I can’t provide that. But here is something, check out this, you’re gonna laugh out loud for sure.

http://coolmaterial.com/roundup/if-historical-events-had-facebook-statuses-part-2/

http://open.salon.com/blog/tom_falco/2010/08/29/if_facebook_existed_throughout_history_1

PS: I didn’t intend to make fun of our freedom struggle or anyone associated with it. It was just a funny imagination. So if you’re a geeky historian who is going to yell at me for mocking one of the most glorious parts of Indian history, don’t, believe me, I’ve even mocked Rajinikanth here. 😛

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Comments
  1. guptsh says:

    once again a superhit…superb 🙂

  2. First of all, kudos to Ashish for the idea, and then, applause for you to have implemented on it, very well. The start with Mangal Pandey’s poll was just the kind of start a placid rambler would expect!
    Even I believe that re-imagination of a historical event, in an alternative way, makes it more enjoyable. 🙂

  3. smita says:

    superlyk…..awesome thoughts.I think this imagination and writing takes a lot of skills .!superb.i just cant believe that i m following little Pulkit(sorry if u dislyk display of this name here) on a blog.u wll turn into a superhero soon.All the best.

  4. GARGI says:

    “I am pretty sure then there would have been a fourth monkey with his hands on the keyboard” this is what i call imagination at its best…kudoz!
    as they history repeats itself..but this one is with different spark.

  5. superb as always…….. 🙂

  6. guitarguruji says:

    pet mein marode pad gaye hans hans ke 😀

  7. Rajat Sajnani says:

    yeh baat …. i appreaciate the whole idea behind this …and the way you presented this .. superb…!!

    And some credit goes to ashish as well .. but next time i will try to float something better … hehe ..;)

    good job … !!! 🙂

  8. aayushmnit says:

    nice imagination wow man…n1 to shubham for writing n ashish for brilliant idea….:D

  9. subhorup says:

    Wow! Really liked the way you have taken a simple idea, fleshed it out and made it so readable. Great post, had me in splits in some places and pondering in others.

  10. Seena says:

    Shubham, this is very lighthearted and refreshing..Keep imagining and creating! Love it

  11. zephyr says:

    Just imagine, we could have avoided so much incarceration and hangings if only FB had been there! it is a super idea for a comic play. Ever give it a thought?

  12. hey, bhaiya now i can comment…on your blog…

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