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Obama telephones Modi to call a truce after Malayalees retaliate through comments in New York Times FB page

06, Oct 2014 By Mukund P Unny

In an unprecedented move by the US Administration, the President of the United States of America, Mr. Barack Obama telephoned the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to call a truce after some Indians, predominantly of Kerala origin, spammed the Facebook page of New York Times with derogatory comments in Malayalam language. Obama was reportedly surprised on what really is happening in the Facebook page of New York Times when he made a usual log in to the Facebook.

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Modi receiving the call.

Mr. Narendra Modi, as per highly placed sources in the PMO, thought that the call from the Office of the President of the United States, was on a congratulatory note after his successful visit to the US. Emulating Indian style, a group of angry reporters of New York Times demanded that immediate action be taken against those people who have made derogatory comments against the US and the newspaper. The US is finding itself on a really tough spot since they find practical difficulty in replying scores of comments swearing Americans.

It is learnt that Washington may even resort to sanctions against India if the ceasefire is violated. White House issued a statement that they regretted Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg’s visit to India since the visit was aimed at putting more Indians on the digital map. White House expressed deep concerns over what would turn out once more Indians start using Facebook. Meanwhile, the New York Times administration is planning to hire a Keralite to decipher the comments made in their Facebook page.

Govind Phimpale of US-India Business Council said that the issue may hurt the investments made in India by US corporations. He added that there is a tension after the incident, among the CEOs of the companies who have business interest in India, since they fear backlash in the form of comments in their Facebook pages if anything goes awry in their company.

When asked about opinion on this incident, the Kerala Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy said that he would make an appropriate comment only after reading all the comments made on their page.

Rasheed (name changed) a close aide of Mr. Oommen Chandy, stated that personally the Chief Minister is happy about the incident since this has shifted the focus of the social media world from his controversial liquor policy.

Press Secretary of the Chief Minister told this reporter over email that the Chief Minister has started taking more attention while making a speech or making a statement. He appreciated Keralites in paving way for a new culture of journalism and politics. He added that the Chief Minister is planning to reward those people who gets maximum likes for a derogatory comment and that the Government of Kerala is also mooting an institute to train the Facebook users to make good derogatory comments.