Sunday, January 24, 2010

Controversial ad: Was it meant to be Rajyavardhan Rathore?

    • Who did the creators of the controversial ad have in mind when they in an apparent goof-up pasted a former Pakistan Air Force chief's photo along with those of Indian heroes in a government advertisement? Could it be Olympian Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, a sports icon from the Indian Army?

      "The ad makers must have been looking for someone from the Indian armed forces who has also made a mark in sports. You see, the other two photographs are of sports icons - Kapil Dev and Virender Sehwag," said Deepak Sharma, a Delhi government employee.

    • Former Pakistan Air Force chief Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed, who retired in March last year, clad in a uniform with medals, shared the ad space with Indian cricket stars Kapil Dev and Virender Sehwag and sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, causing people much surprise and consternation to the powers that be. The controversial ad almost became the talk of the town with many laughing it away.

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