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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsArguably one of the most intense and pulsating fixture in international cricket, India and Pakistan share a rivalry like no other. Owing to political differences and cross-border tensions, the neighbouring countries have struggled to see eye-to-eye over the years. That's probably why their duels on the cricket field tends to garner such massive viewership and immense public interest. While the Indo-Pak clash doesn't really need any hype or build-up, the broadcasters have often used the rivalry between the two nations to fire things up in a bid to garner public attention ahead of the match. Over the years, we've seen the iconic 'mauka mauka' that tends to mock Pakistan for their poor record against India. Though the broadcaster advertisements for matches between India and Pakistan have always bordered on the xenophobic, but the so-called 'ad war' reached an all-time low after a Pakistani channel - Jazz TV - took it too far by mocking the video released of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman by Pakistani military after he was captured a day after the Balakot airstrike. Jazz TV advt on #CWC19 takes the Indo-Pak air duel to new level. It uses the air duel over Nowshera and Wing Co Abhinandan Varthaman's issue as a prop. @IAF_MCC @thetribunechd @SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/30v4H6MOpU — Ajay Banerjee (@ajaynewsman) June 11, 2019 Apart from bring in bad taste and mocking the sensitive issue of diplomatic tensions that had arose between the countries over the capture, the ad also has racist overtones as it shows Abhinandan's face blackened to show his dark complexion. Needless to say, that it drew a lot of flak on social media. As the 16th June, the date of much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan at the ICC World Cup, comes closer, the Indian YouTubers seems to have come up with a befitting reply for Jazz TV's jibe at the Indian Wing Commander. An Indian YouTube channel going by the name of 'V Seven Pictures' released a brutal takedown of the Pakistani video. Awesome reply by India......#INDvsPAK pic.twitter.com/TybSKAVJg9 — Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) June 14, 2019 In the counter-response video, an Indian fan sitting in a salon can be seen watching Yuvraj Singh's iconic knock when he smashed record six sixes in a T20 international against England. In the middle of the match, a Pakistani fan enters the salon and offers a gift to the Indian fan which actually is a handkerchief. The Pakistani man tells the Indian fan that it will help him to hide his face after India loses against Pakistan in the World Cup match. In the remaining portion of the ad the Indian man and the barber target the Pakistani fan with a twist in Abhinandan's trademark style. India's delightful response struck a chord with the netizens and had the social media buzzing with its creativity. India's delightful response to Moronistan's distasteful ad on Abhinandan.https://t.co/9fZN4phrX7 — Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) June 14, 2019 This one is too good ðð — Ram Sharma (@replysharma) June 14, 2019 There are very few times in life when you feel like whistling loudly at an at an ad...this was one of 'em — Yash Haresh Ratanpal (@YashHRatanpal) June 14, 2019 Epic like.. World Cup to bhul ja... Jhootha cup hi naseeb me hai ð¤£ð¤£ — Manisha ð®ð³ (@nameisMANISHA) June 14, 2019 Fantastic video.. India will beat Pakistan on 16th in Manchester.. — samking (@samking13476751) June 14, 2019 Unki aukat sirf tea cup ki hi hai. Pakistan walon.. "INDIA" naam yaad rakhna. — Manas Kumar (@Manas_tinnu) June 14, 2019 Very creative mind of the person who had made this ad ð — arorað (@arorafbd) June 14, 2019 Moral of the story - Baap Baap hi rehataa hai. Par Cup badal jaata hai. The Abhinandan Cup... — Santosh Kumar Sharma (@myangkorwat) June 14, 2019
Ajay Devgn Is Done Playing The 'Aata Majhi Satakli' Cop, Make Way For IAF Wing Commander Devgn
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsOver the years we have come to think of Ajay Devgn as being synonymous to Bollywood's most sought-after action hero. Sure, Akshay Kumar is also a leading name in the category, but when it comes to someone who has been acing each and every role in this category, we can only think of Devgn. Ajay made the entire country eat out of his hands when he first graced the screen as Bajirao Singham, the righteous and daring cop who would go to the end of this world to bring the culprits to justice. View this post on Instagram What do you think are they telling each other? A post shared by Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) on Jan 19, 2019 at 8:57am PST We have loved him and his daredevilry in the 'Singham' series, and feel that no one could have done it better than the man himself, but as per latest reports, it seems Ajay is all set to explore other aspects and roles in the action category and he will next be seen portraying the role of an IAF Wing Commander in the film titled 'Bhuj: The Pride Of India'. The film is reportedly based on true incidents, wherein Ajay will be seen essaying the role of Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik who was in charge of the Bhuj airport during the Indo-Pak war in 1971. The airstrip was destroyed by Pakistani air strikes and Karnik mobilised 300 local women to rebuild it for the Indian Air Force aircrafts to make a safe landing. Karnik played a pivotal role in helping keep the airstrip operational amidst heavy bombing from Pakistan. View this post on Instagram mood A post shared by Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) on Jul 7, 2016 at 9:57am PDT The film has been written, and will be directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya and talking about Vijay Karnik and the feat he achieved during the war, producer Bhushan Kumar told the media, “This courageous tale needs to be told because we want the current and the coming generation to know about this brave soldier, Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, who played a significant role in India's victory in the 1971 war. He was heroic enough to take this bold step of involving civilians in a war. Also, who better than Ajay Devgn for the role of Vijay Karnik?” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) on Jun 6, 2016 at 7:26am PDT Karnik recalled the events from the eventful incident and he is glad that Ajay has agreed to play his character in the film. Talking to the media he said, “We were fighting a war and if there had been any casualties of any of these women, it would have been a great loss. But I took the decision and it worked out. I had briefed them where they could take shelter if attacked and they followed it bravely. Also, I could only see Ajay Devgn essaying my character and I'm glad that he's on board.” We can't wait for this one.
IAF Issues Warning For People To Stop Following 'Fake Accounts' Of Wing Commander Abhinandan
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsAbhinandan Varthaman - the name literally every Indian knows and will never, ever forget. The Wing Commander has now become the epitome of bravery and courage in the country and no could be more proud about it. It's actually not just him, but his name as well that has inspired people and some have even named their new-born after him. Bollywood is also not behind, and people are already planning to make movies about him. But, some people have also decided to cash in on his popularity in the worst way. Turns out, a lot of fake accounts with his name sprung up online soon after his release and well, it's not him, folks! We all know how the number game on social media works, and it's so sad that some people will go to any extreme lengths to get that, even if it means impersonating a national hero online. Government sources confirm that this is a fake Twitter account #AbhinandanVarthaman pic.twitter.com/4mxahDz7Gn — ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2019 Even the Indian Air Force had to step in and issue a proper warning as more and more fake accounts popped up. #FAKE ACCOUNTS : Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman does not have a social media account on any portal (Facebook /Instagram /Twitter). Please avoid following any fake accounts being used in the name of any IAF Airwarrior for spreading misinformation. Jai Hind!!! pic.twitter.com/nG8C7ZUkQ6 — Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) March 6, 2019 So, just a PSA, yes we all would love to follow him on Twitter, but obviously, the real him. Beware of the fake accounts!
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online News35-year-old Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the IAF combat pilot who took down a Pakistani F-16, and did the unthinkable using a MiG-21 to achieve this feat, had been in the news all of last week for his show of valour and selflessness, when it came to performing his duty with the utmost bravery, and maintaining his cool during his captivity. (c) Twitter Abhinandan was captured by the Pakistan Army after he crash-landed across the LoC post an aerial dogfight with his Pakistani counterparts who had infiltrated the Indian airspace early morning on 27th February, in retaliation to India's airstrike on terror camps in Pakistan and PoK on 26th February. Abhinandan became international news when the entire world took notice of the combat pilot's show of courage and calm under during his interrogation, inspiring respect from people around the world. (c) Twitter Having spent over 58 hours in Pakistani captivity, Abhinandan was finally released by the Pakistani government late evening on 1st March in keeping with the diktats of the Geneva Convention for Prisoners of War. The entire nation joined in the celebrations to welcome Abhinandan back, and now, the Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti has declared that the Wing Commander shall be the first recipient of the 'Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar' instituted by the organisation. (c) Twitter The announcement regarding the award for Abhinandan was announced in New Delhi by Manidra Jain, whereas the Maharashtra chapter convener Paras Lohade stated that the award. carrying a cash prize of Rs 2.51 lakh, a memento and a citation, will be presented to Abhinandan on Mahavir Jayanti, which will be celebrated on April 17th this year.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsAs India waits with bated breathe to welcome their hero, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, Bollywood celebrities have already started celebrating and cheering his return. Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander, Abhinandan Varthaman was held captive by the Pakistan Army since Wednesday, after his aircraft crashed on the other side of LoC during aerial combat between the two countries. Since then, the nation has been praying for his safety and for him to come back home, as Bollywood's King Khan, Shah Rukh Khan said, "There is no better feeling than coming back home." © Reuters Looks like people's prayers were finally heard on Thursday, when Pakistan PM Imran Khan announced that Varthaman will be released today as a 'gesture of peace'. People have already gathered in huge crowds at the Attari-Wagah border to welcome their hero, who is expected to return to India shortly. From Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar to Preity Zinta; everyone is praising Varthaman for his valour and courage and praying for his safe return. There is no better feeling than Coming back Home, for home is the place of love, hope & dreams. Ur bravery makes us stronger. Eternally grateful. #WelcomeBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/NFTRINu6Mw — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) March 1, 2019 Welcome back home #WelcomeBackAbinandan a true hero. These humane actions give hope that all humanity is not lost. Bharat mata ki Jai — Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) March 1, 2019 View this post on Instagram It's midnight & I cannot sleep. I'm so happy that #AbhinandanVartaman is going to be coming home. I can only imagine what his family feels right now. Every minute will feel like a lifetime & the heart will skip many beats. #WelcomeBackAbhinandan ð We salute your bravery & valour. #Jaihind ð®ð³ #RealHero #Indianairforce A post shared by Preity G Zinta (@realpz) on Mar 1, 2019 at 12:22am PST #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You are a real hero and we as a nation stand beside you, Thank you for your selfless service, Jai Hind ð®ð³ — Sidharth Malhotra (@SidMalhotra) March 1, 2019 Welcome Back Home Dear #Abhinanadan - we salute your courage, bravery & service to our nation. ð®ð³ ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ — Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) March 1, 2019 Everyone awaits your return . Proud of you sir !! Salutes to the brave son of india #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan — Emraan Hashmi (@emraanhashmi) March 1, 2019 à¤ªà¥à¤¯à¤¾à¤°à¥ à¤à¤à¤¿à¤¨à¤à¤¦à¤¨ ! à¤à¤ªà¤à¤¾ à¤à¤¾à¤°à¤¤ à¤à¥ à¤§à¤°à¤¤à¥ à¤ªà¤° à¤à¤ à¤¬à¤¾à¤° à¤«à¤¿à¤° à¤¸à¥ à¤à¤à¤¿à¤¨à¤à¤¦à¤¨ à¤¹à¥à¥¤ à¤¹à¤® à¤¸à¤¬à¤à¥ à¤¸à¤®à¤¯ à¤¸à¤®à¤¯ à¤ªà¤° à¤¸à¤¾à¤¹à¤¸, à¤§à¥à¤°à¥à¤¯, à¤µà¤¿à¤¶à¥à¤µà¤¾à¤¸, à¤à¤°à¥à¤µ à¤à¤° à¤à¥à¤°à¤µ à¤µà¤¾à¤²à¥ à¤à¥à¤¤à¥ à¤à¤¾à¤à¤¤à¥ à¤®à¤¿à¤¸à¤¾à¤² à¤à¥ à¤à¤¼à¤°à¥à¤°à¤¤ à¤ªà¤¡à¤¼à¤¤à¥ à¤¹à¥à¥¤ à¤µà¤¿à¤ªà¤°à¥à¤¤ à¤ªà¤°à¤¿à¤¸à¥à¤¥à¤¿à¤¤à¤¿à¤¯à¥à¤ à¤®à¥à¤ à¤à¤ªà¤à¥ à¤µà¥à¤¯à¤à¥à¤¤à¤¿à¤¤à¥à¤µ à¤¨à¥ à¤¹à¤®à¥à¤ à¤µà¥ à¤¦à¤¿à¤à¤¾à¤¯à¤¾à¥¤ à¤à¤¸à¤à¥ à¤²à¤¿à¤ 130 à¤à¤°à¥à¤¡à¤¼ à¤à¤¾à¤°à¤¤à¤µà¤¾à¤¸à¤¿à¤¯à¥à¤ à¤à¥ à¤¤à¤°à¤«à¤¼ à¤¸à¥ à¤§à¤¨à¥à¤¯à¤µà¤¾à¤¦à¥¤à¤à¥à¤¤à¥ à¤°à¤¹à¥à¥¤ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/WY6tZikO3d — Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) March 1, 2019 We salute your bravery and valour....we applaud your strength in the face of adversity....#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) March 1, 2019
Why Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's Heroic Saga Struck A Chord With Every Army Kid Like Me
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsWing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman is not my relative. I know nothing about him except his name and his profession. As a matter of fact, I did not even know about his existence as of this past Wednesday. But in a matter of 48 hours, the man has managed to become something much bigger than just another Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilot to me. He has become a visual representation of the very hero I would envision as a kid, as I watched my father and my friends' fathers go to battle as Indian Army officers. © Twitter Earlier this week, I remember being in a particularly chirpy mood and my Instagram and Whatsapp stories were flooded with praises for the IAF on the day of the air strike on the Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Pakistan. Oh, what a glorious moment it was. For someone like me, watching our nation's forces go head-to-head with the very evil that has been threatening our nation's security on a daily basis, and most recently snatched over 40 precious lives from us, was nothing short of spectacular. But like a tight slap on my face that I never saw coming, the next day, my phone blew up with the headlines that an Indian pilot had been 'captured' by Pakistan. And the first thought that popped in my head was not about the pilot, not about Pakistan or what they were doing to him, but it was about his family. The family of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Look, when you live in the defence world, you find heavy terms like 'war', 'death', 'missing' and phrases like 'so sorry for your loss', 'our prayers are with you' and 'be strong' being peppered everywhere in your surroundings. It could be your own father, a younger brother, or even a classmate; and you just have to be ready for the worst, at all times. Funny thing is that no one really tells you how to prepare for the worst. There is no course given to us as kids in some secret barrack on 'what to do when your daddy/brother/friend goes to battle and may never come back'. We don't walk around discussing the potentially terrible future of our loved ones. It's a silent fear that we carry in our hearts every day and keep it locked in there, praying it remains a fear...and does not become a reality. Which is why the second I heard that an Indian pilot has been captured in Pakistan, my mind jumped to the worst possible conclusion. And when those God-awful videos popped up all over Twitter showing 'Abhi' being paraded on the streets, all bloodied and bound, surrounded by a mob clearly baying for his blood...it took everything I had to not breakdown right there on my desk in the middle of work. There he was, one of our own, almost like a family member, all alone in enemy territory, facing what looked like a gruesome death. But then another video surfaced, where the officer, still bloodied and blindfolded, was calmly addressing his captors. Yes, calmly. Not an ounce of panic in his voice. No high-pitched whimpers of a man who knows he is facing death...but a calm set of simple, straightforward words leaving his mouth. He flatly refused to answer certain questions, while being confident and composed, but still bleeding. I was stunned. Not surprised, but stunned to the core. Surely he was trained in what to do in a grave situation like that, but still, the man was displaying something I had never seen in my entire life. Something that I had only heard of from my many friends serving in the Army themselves...it was courage. Courage is a word we use so liberally in our daily lives. “Come on. Be brave. Down that flaming vodka shot!” Yes, we throw it around loosely without really thinking about the true meaning of the word. But the Wing Commander took courage to another level by showing his nerves of pure steel and maintaining his wits about himself while in enemy territory. It was nothing but a sheer display of absolute class. This instantly transported me back to school, when on one particular day, my friend and I were asked to rush to the house of another close friend. Turns out, his father was on life support after being severely wounded in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir, and he was leaving to see his dad that very day. My friend was visibly shaken. We, the kids, could just look at him and hold his hands while he choked back tears and crushed a Frooti pack in his palm. But what I will never forget is what his mother did that day. Aunty was sitting on the sofa, surrounded by other officers and their wives, who were consoling her and assuring her that everything was going to be okay. She was wearing white, her face was ashen and her eyes were lowered, but her head wasn't. There were no tears running down her face and she seemed to be giving polite responses to everyone. I was stunned right to my bones. How was this woman doing that? How was she, after listening to such ghastly news, still looking so unfazed? A 12-year-old me thought it was something almost rude and unnatural, but at 29, today I realise that it was a display of extraordinary courage by a brave woman. Courage to get a grip of one's emotions, especially in situations when any human can simply break down into a helpless puddle. Which is exactly what Wing Commander Abhinandan displayed while captured in enemy territory. It reminded me of the values and the belief system I was brought up in while my parents were serving. While no one really tells you these things, but somehow, as you grow into an adult, these virtues of pride and honour keep developing within you, and reflect somehow in your daily life, without you even realising it. It's something you will only see if you've lived life as a 'privileged Army brat', as some civilians fondly like to call us. The officer radiated three things while in captivity – honour, class and bravery, which I reckon should be seen as the ultimate life lessons for every youngster in this country. You will not find a book telling you how to inculcate these traits in your life, but you will just have to experience and embrace it. I miss watching these three traits in constant action around me, now that I have moved to the civil life. As for Abhi, who has now become the face of the page-turning diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan, I am pretty sure every single person across the nation is by now familiar with his name, his heroics, where he is from and how he returns home today. As the nation proudly welcomes back its son into its arms, I, a tired-old Army kid, has never been more ridiculously proud of my defence background. We are the lot that, from the outside, appear spoiled and privileged, living the 'good life'; but only we know the cost paid for those comforts. We are those few who truly know what sacrifice and courage mean, and what it takes to live a life of honour, and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, is our new-age Superman, who will forever be remembered as the man who showed the word the true class of the Indian Armed Forces, even while facing death in enemy territory.