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New Delhi. After claiming that there was huge “trust deficit” between the armed forces and the civilian government, Indian Express has decided to launch a peace initiative called “Aman Ki Asha” as part of Confidence Building Measures (CBM) between the government and the military.

Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief of The Indian Express, announced that the campaign was aimed at bridging the trust deficit that was exaggerated exposed by the newspaper through a front page story yesterday.

“The gaps need to be filled and who knows it better than us – journalists, who keep on filling information gaps with our secret sources, meticulous reconstruction, and sober interpretation,” Shekhar Gupta told Faking News.

Indian Express front page on 4 April 2012

The story that spooked the journalists

The meeting with Shekhar Gupta was called to discuss a business partnership between Indian Express and Faking News, which would have allowed some selected articles written by Pagal Patrakar to be republished on Indian Express under the pseudonym Faker Gupta.

“What nonsense! We are not into such senseless stuff!” Shekhar Gupta rejected the business proposition, “We are here to show mirror to the society; only that sometimes we use concave mirrors.”

When this reporter asked if his ‘Aman Ki Asha’ concept was not a copy of a similarly named campaign launched by Times of India for peace between India and Pakistan, Gupta said, “I reject such insinuations; even our spook story was termed as copy of an earlier report by Reddif.”

Sticking solely to what he considered important for the meeting, Gupta informed that as part of this peace initiative, various diplomatic and cultural exchange programs between the army and the government would be facilitated by The Indian Express.

“Army and government have some cultural similarities these days – like corruption, bribery, factionalism, etc. and we can organize events like ‘bribe bribe’ ‘catch me if you can’ and invite teams from the government and army to participate,” Shekhar said.

Among other things, a friendly cricket match between the army and the government will also be organized, sources at Indian Express claim. The rival teams will be captained by Defense Minister AK Antony and General VK Singh respectively.

“And you know; Antony has refused to have a runner, who was supposed to be a colleague from the cabinet, because our sources say that the fellow minister would have got Antony run out,” a source told Faking News.

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  • Kavi

    Excellent satire! One MUST read all the links provided in the above post. I was shocked to know that even Shekhar Gupta behaved like Barkha Dutt and got that blog Spindian Express blocked. Shame on Google!

  • Manish

    Indian Express has become a Congress propaganda newspaper. This report was published by Faker Gupta to embarass Gen VK Singh

    • Crackjack

      absoltely true

  • Crazyfrog

    “Concave Mirrors”…hilarious

  • http://Ucweb Dr.ramesh

    Rottening in banana of banana republc has started…..ye to hona hi tha….avi bahut khel baki hai…we definetly are going to pakistan ,nepal, bangladesh way …..

  • KUTUBUDDIN

    Your Article is so realistic and just as humorous.. just can’t stop laughing….

  • Rajiv Kumar

    excellent article

  • http://www.yahoo.com Neeraj

    Indian express has become Chamcha newspaper of congress.. They deserve to be ridiculed.. :)

  • http://www.iipm.com Dog Vijay Singh

    “We are here to show mirror to the society; only that sometimes we use concave mirrors.”

    HAHAHA