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HOAX ALERT: Telegram is not a 'Made in India' app

Daily Bhaskar | Last Modified - Nov 17, 2014, 01:23 AM IST

“PM Modi ne naara diya hai ‘Make in India’. Aaiye pehel karen, American Whatsapp ki jagah ‘Telegram’ ko apnayein. Akhir ye pehla bharatiya social media app hai
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    New Delhi:“I am quitting WhatsApp for Telegram, our very own message app. Why should we promote American products when we have better ones in our own country? ,” mumbled a middle aged man into ears of his companion, with a sagacity of patriotism looming large on face; sitting next to me in metro train while I was on my way to office the other day. The listener too, nodded in positive.
    It struck me there and then: What’s this “Telegram” all about? Other than the long phased out message submission platform made out of paper card, nothing else with a related coinage had been heard by me.
    Subsequently, discussing with fellow mates in office, I learnt a message is making rounds on mobile phones across the country saying, “PM Modi ne naara diya hai ‘Make in India’. Aaiye pehel karen, American Whatsapp ki jagah ‘Telegram’ ko apnayein. Akhir ye pehla bharatiya social media app hai. One has to pay Rs 56 yearly for WhatsApp and there are around 20 Crore WhatsApp users in India. Quitting the application will save Rs 1,120 Crore from going out of the country. If the Chinese can boycott it and opt their application WeChat, then why can’t us.”
    On reaching back home, I discovered my mother too has downloaded the app – the falsely-promoted “first Indian social media application” - on her mobile, just to ensure, she too is an active part of Prime Minister’s “Make in India” mission.
    And, as the days passed, the list of people I know who downloaded Telegram just after the “promotional message” hit their mobile screens only grew.
    Just to verify whether Telegram really is part of Modi’s economic development plan for India, I went into the Google search only to come back baffled that the application doesn’t share anything Indian – either in terms of origin or treatment – leave aside being part of Modi’s grand plans for India.
    Talking to Daily Bhaskar, national spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sambit Patra said, “I am totally unaware of such a campaign launched. Had it been a BJP backed project, we would’ve known about it in advance for sure.”
    Which country does Telegram belong to?
    As per Telegrams' own website, message app is not country specific as it's a global non-commercial project with contributors from all over the world.Telegram‘s goal is to allow everyone to get back their right to privacy. The project is distributed — Telegram servers, companies and people are spread all around the planet.
    People behind Telegram

    Telegram is supported by Pavel and Nikolai Durov. Pavel supports Telegram financially and ideologically, while Nikolai's input is technological. To make Telegram possible, Nikolai developed a unique custom data protocol, which is open, secure and optimized for work with multiple data-centers. As a result, Telegram combines security, reliability and speed on any network.While the Durov brothers were born in Russia, as were some of the key developers, Telegram is not connected to Russia – legally or physically. Telegram's HQ is in Berlin.
    Motive behind campaign?
    It’s difficult to articulate, without substantial confirmation, what’s the exact motive behind the fake operation, but considering the number of WhatsApp users who have downloaded Telegram, after deleting the former, the campaign appears effectual.
    Sharing his views on the assurance of anonymity, a professor in marketing department, at one of the prominent business schools in the country said, “numbers have been used very cannily in the message. When entire country is on a hot-bed, discussing the issue of “Black Money, they (brains behind sham campaign) are using the opportunity to pitch in with their concept stating, using Telegram can save Rs1,120 from going abroad.”
    Who’s behind the sham campaign?... How is he benefitting out of it?.... are some of the inquiries which will indubitably puzzle your brain. But unquestionably, Telegram is not an Indian initiative and not a part of Modi’s “Make in India” campaign.
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    New Delhi:“I am quitting WhatsApp for Telegram, our very own message app. Why should we promote American products when we have better ones in our own country? ,” mumbled a middle aged man into ears of his companion, with a sagacity of patriotism looming large on face; sitting next to me in metro train while I was on my way to office the other day. The listener too, nodded in positive.
    It struck me there and then: What’s this “Telegram” all about? Other than the long phased out message submission platform made out of paper card, nothing else with a related coinage had been heard by me.
    Subsequently, discussing with fellow mates in office, I learnt a message is making rounds on mobile phones across the country saying, “PM Modi ne naara diya hai ‘Make in India’. Aaiye pehel karen, American Whatsapp ki jagah ‘Telegram’ ko apnayein. Akhir ye pehla bharatiya social media app hai. One has to pay Rs 56 yearly for WhatsApp and there are around 20 Crore WhatsApp users in India. Quitting the application will save Rs 1,120 Crore from going out of the country. If the Chinese can boycott it and opt their application WeChat, then why can’t us.”
    On reaching back home, I discovered my mother too has downloaded the app – the falsely-promoted “first Indian social media application” - on her mobile, just to ensure, she too is an active part of Prime Minister’s “Make in India” mission.
    And, as the days passed, the list of people I know who downloaded Telegram just after the “promotional message” hit their mobile screens only grew.
    Just to verify whether Telegram really is part of Modi’s economic development plan for India, I went into the Google search only to come back baffled that the application doesn’t share anything Indian – either in terms of origin or treatment – leave aside being part of Modi’s grand plans for India.
    Talking to Daily Bhaskar, national spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sambit Patra said, “I am totally unaware of such a campaign launched. Had it been a BJP backed project, we would’ve known about it in advance for sure.”
    Which country does Telegram belong to?
    As per Telegrams' own website, message app is not country specific as it's a global non-commercial project with contributors from all over the world.Telegram‘s goal is to allow everyone to get back their right to privacy. The project is distributed — Telegram servers, companies and people are spread all around the planet.
    People behind Telegram

    Telegram is supported by Pavel and Nikolai Durov. Pavel supports Telegram financially and ideologically, while Nikolai's input is technological. To make Telegram possible, Nikolai developed a unique custom data protocol, which is open, secure and optimized for work with multiple data-centers. As a result, Telegram combines security, reliability and speed on any network.While the Durov brothers were born in Russia, as were some of the key developers, Telegram is not connected to Russia – legally or physically. Telegram's HQ is in Berlin.
    Motive behind campaign?
    It’s difficult to articulate, without substantial confirmation, what’s the exact motive behind the fake operation, but considering the number of WhatsApp users who have downloaded Telegram, after deleting the former, the campaign appears effectual.
    Sharing his views on the assurance of anonymity, a professor in marketing department, at one of the prominent business schools in the country said, “numbers have been used very cannily in the message. When entire country is on a hot-bed, discussing the issue of “Black Money, they (brains behind sham campaign) are using the opportunity to pitch in with their concept stating, using Telegram can save Rs1,120 from going abroad.”
    Who’s behind the sham campaign?... How is he benefitting out of it?.... are some of the inquiries which will indubitably puzzle your brain. But unquestionably, Telegram is not an Indian initiative and not a part of Modi’s “Make in India” campaign.
    Image: Google.com
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  • +2 See more slides
    New Delhi:“I am quitting WhatsApp for Telegram, our very own message app. Why should we promote American products when we have better ones in our own country? ,” mumbled a middle aged man into ears of his companion, with a sagacity of patriotism looming large on face; sitting next to me in metro train while I was on my way to office the other day. The listener too, nodded in positive.
    It struck me there and then: What’s this “Telegram” all about? Other than the long phased out message submission platform made out of paper card, nothing else with a related coinage had been heard by me.
    Subsequently, discussing with fellow mates in office, I learnt a message is making rounds on mobile phones across the country saying, “PM Modi ne naara diya hai ‘Make in India’. Aaiye pehel karen, American Whatsapp ki jagah ‘Telegram’ ko apnayein. Akhir ye pehla bharatiya social media app hai. One has to pay Rs 56 yearly for WhatsApp and there are around 20 Crore WhatsApp users in India. Quitting the application will save Rs 1,120 Crore from going out of the country. If the Chinese can boycott it and opt their application WeChat, then why can’t us.”
    On reaching back home, I discovered my mother too has downloaded the app – the falsely-promoted “first Indian social media application” - on her mobile, just to ensure, she too is an active part of Prime Minister’s “Make in India” mission.
    And, as the days passed, the list of people I know who downloaded Telegram just after the “promotional message” hit their mobile screens only grew.
    Just to verify whether Telegram really is part of Modi’s economic development plan for India, I went into the Google search only to come back baffled that the application doesn’t share anything Indian – either in terms of origin or treatment – leave aside being part of Modi’s grand plans for India.
    Talking to Daily Bhaskar, national spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sambit Patra said, “I am totally unaware of such a campaign launched. Had it been a BJP backed project, we would’ve known about it in advance for sure.”
    Which country does Telegram belong to?
    As per Telegrams' own website, message app is not country specific as it's a global non-commercial project with contributors from all over the world.Telegram‘s goal is to allow everyone to get back their right to privacy. The project is distributed — Telegram servers, companies and people are spread all around the planet.
    People behind Telegram

    Telegram is supported by Pavel and Nikolai Durov. Pavel supports Telegram financially and ideologically, while Nikolai's input is technological. To make Telegram possible, Nikolai developed a unique custom data protocol, which is open, secure and optimized for work with multiple data-centers. As a result, Telegram combines security, reliability and speed on any network.While the Durov brothers were born in Russia, as were some of the key developers, Telegram is not connected to Russia – legally or physically. Telegram's HQ is in Berlin.
    Motive behind campaign?
    It’s difficult to articulate, without substantial confirmation, what’s the exact motive behind the fake operation, but considering the number of WhatsApp users who have downloaded Telegram, after deleting the former, the campaign appears effectual.
    Sharing his views on the assurance of anonymity, a professor in marketing department, at one of the prominent business schools in the country said, “numbers have been used very cannily in the message. When entire country is on a hot-bed, discussing the issue of “Black Money, they (brains behind sham campaign) are using the opportunity to pitch in with their concept stating, using Telegram can save Rs1,120 from going abroad.”
    Who’s behind the sham campaign?... How is he benefitting out of it?.... are some of the inquiries which will indubitably puzzle your brain. But unquestionably, Telegram is not an Indian initiative and not a part of Modi’s “Make in India” campaign.
    Image: Google.com
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