Mumbai. After reports indicating that China had tried to hack Google servers and computers of Indian Prime Minister’s Office, Faking News has learnt that the Chinese hackers didn’t even spare Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s blog. The hackers, backed by Chinese government agents, suspected Aamir Khan to be secretly backing the secessionist movement in Tibet, as he used the name of a Tibetan rebel monk in his latest movie 3 Idiots.
Aamir Khan is named Phunsukh Wangdu in the movie, which Chinese authorities suspect to be modeled after the jailed Tibetan rebel Phuntsok Wangdu, who is serving a 14 years sentence and is currently imprisoned at the Drapchi Prison in Tibet. Even though this connection has been largely ignored by media, until Mr. Massimo wrote to Faking News, China doesn’t seem to be taking any chances.
“Strategic planners in China make sure that any work of art does not conflict with the establishment and their communist principles. They would have gone all out against 3 Idiots if it was an international movie. Look, they have asked the screening of Avatar to be stopped, as they suspect that it can cause uprisings in their country.” Zoobi Doobi, an expert on China said.
Phuntsok Wangdu supporters in Dharamsala, where he spent a few years after being forced to flee China, too have expressed shock and disbelief over the fact that Indian media and public ignored this aspect while they enjoyed the superhit movie.
“We thought that Aamir Khan is trying to compensate for his refusal to support the Free Tibet movement in 2008, when he carried the Olympic torch despite being asked to do otherwise by the Tibetan activists. Only Aamir and his team can tell what was on their mind when they named the central character in the movie after our dear Phuntsok Wangdu. They should have credited the original source in a more prominent manner.” said Bhaggart Chetangadu, a Tibetan activist.
The activists, usually peaceful by nature, have denied any plans to fight over credits, but hope that after this hacking controversy, people in India would wake up to see the real Phunsukh Wangdu and the problems faced by his men, for whom all is not well.
(based on vital inputs by Mr. Massimo)