How 'WhatsApp university' has destroyed Nehru's legacy


By Chris Emmanuel D'Souza

Mar 1: They say, "The nation that distorts history, will have its history destroyed". Back in school days in the 90s, we did hear bits and pieces of gossip surrounding Jawaharlal Nehru and other noted figures, like Netaji Subhash, Mahatma Gandhi etc. Stories such as these created temporary buzz and eventually faded as the time passed. However, today with the advent of finger-point social media, the amount of filth that is sprinkled over national heroes and particularly Independent India’s greatest stateman Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru is unfathomable. The lopsided effect of internet and social media is that the technology has been made so much user-friendly that it has been captured by unread hooligans and wandering rogues.

History is the most unsought subject for Indian students at any level, but it is a subject that is readily available on the internet. But people would not make an effort to take a glimpse and verify stories that leak like an epidemic. Indians are generally good with numbers and calculations, but are lethargic in verification. The deficiency of logic in a crowded society may lead to a mayhem.


Pandit Nehru has been accused of being an opportunist, a power monger, womanizer and a dynast. He is blamed for providing special status to Kashmir, the humiliation India suffered at the hands of China in the 1962 war, for the partition of India and all the mess (economic, social, cross-border, communal) that the country now faces. The politicians have taken Nehru bashing to a new level. A day or a week hasn't passed over the last few years, without the great man being blamed and reminded for the crimes which he wasn’t a part of, through memes and public statements; to a degree to which the Great Man became the principal opposition for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Half truth is more dangerous than a lie. And Indian media (print, TV and internet) knows this fact too well. A lie circulated repeatedly becomes a truth over a period of time and the media and a few failed celebrities’ prey on it. Most of the TV media has been ridiculed as the ‘Godi media’, and rightly so, for the extent of propaganda spread across 24/7. Most TV anchors are showbiz hosts rather than journalists, and therefore push their show ratings by propagating myths, fabricated history and conspiracy theories over and over again.

Nehru was an epic figure in India’s freedom movement. He was ambitious, like any other national figure. He saw himself being elevated as the head of the state post independence. This factor developed into feud between him, Sardar Patel and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the then head of the Muslim League and founding father of Pakistan. Sardar Patel was a formidable contender in the race for the Prime Minister’s post. Two things that hindered Sardar Patel were his lack of influence with the outgoing British high command and a lesser nationwide mass appeal that Nehru had generated.

Mahatma Gandhi wanted Jinnah for the post of the PM, but Nehru was adamant and wouldn’t let anyone else steal his spot. Jinnah and his Muslim League were floating the two-nation theory vigorously. Nehru firmly believed that a majority Hindu nation of India was not in position to accept a leader of the Muslim League (which was a demanding a separate nation for Muslims). This led to a bitter crossfire with Mahatma Gandhi as well, as Gandhi felt Jinnah was a better candidate to head post-independent India (so as to avoid partition). Despite a considerable opposition to his leadership and power struggle with Jinnah, Nehru prevailed in his fight and succeeded as the Prime Minister of Independent India.

One of the most circulating topic on social media circles are the pictures of Nehru flanked by women and sharing a moment of laughter with Edwina (wife of Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy to India). The Nehru-Edwina affair was an open topic of gossip in the 1940s and the 50s. The Indian public and tabloid media did have a considerable thrill in this. Nevertheless, it never bothered the Indian public as much as it would have done in this day. There were certainly a few eyes that rolled over their proximity, but it never generated rage against the Prime Minister. The affair was seen as purely a personal matter. But the WhatsApp university never tends to get bored over this dull subject, even after its well past its thrill time.

Nehru’s public image grew and sustained tremendously after independence; he reigned the country for the next 17 years until his death in 1964. Nehru not just built a political party but also built a nation that was vanquished in poverty, sectarian violence and unskilled labour. He initiated five year plans, encouraged home-grown industries, atomic research, power plants, steel plants, coal, iron ore, mining and more. Colossal amount of investment was put into building dams (Bhakra-Nangal project), river valley projects and national highways. Nehru was instrumental in shaping India’s young brains, his administration had invested heavily in education infrastructure, his tenure set up the Indian Institute of Technologies, Indian Institute of Management, All India Medical Sciences, and emphasizing strongly on research, he labeled these education hubs as the temples of modern India.

Nehru’s vision of India was a social democratic secular republic, with a firm eye on scientific temperament. There were certainly a few drawbacks to Nehruvian socialism. After nearly three decades of his tenure, the country never quite got out of its intrinsic problems of poverty, unemployment, underemployment, infant mortality, economic disparity etc. But his policies succeeded in moving the country to a global power house, the fruits of which are being reaped today.

Books of history are the most sacred gifts that one can present to their friends and colleagues in this day and age. Fake stories have become rampantly viral faster than real deadly viruses, leading a mob to decide to burn down house or lynch an individual. Attack on legacy of Jawaharlal Nehru is an assault on India’s heart, the very principle that independent India was founded on.



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  • Aparna Thingalaya, Udupi

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Mohammad,

    Peoples Republic of China admitted in 1971, after covert peace effort by US and China.
    Till 1971 Permanent security council held by Taiwan ( National Republic of China )
    By that time, forget Nehru , Shastri also Not alive.

    By the way when UN founded National Republic China was founding member and got Permanent seat in UNSC, with VETO power.

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    'Look at the world not from your position but look at the world from your position' . No prizes for guessing who said this. The only one who destroyed Nehru's legacy is his great grandson. With all the speeches, funny videos , 30 plus defeats including Amethi, and being a laughing stock on the internet it was inevitable. Feel sorry for Mr, Nehru.

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  • Robert Pais, MANGALURU

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    How can a grandson destroy a legacy of Nehru?
    1. Does he indulge in communal politics?
    2. Did he participate in the violence at both New Delhi and in Godhra?
    3. Does he try to distort the history?
    The grandson may not be cut out in politics . So what ?
    In conclusion : do not get influenced by WhatsApp University so much so that you stop reasoning.

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  • mohammed, DAKSHINA KANNADA

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    There is documented proof that , Nehru didnt take the UNSC membership which was offered to India, but said " give it to china".

    Is anyone willing to debate on a public platform regarding this?

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  • Navneeth, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Ideally Congress party had to be disbanded in 1947 immediately after Independence as per Mahatma Gandhi's instructions, But Nehru converted it to a full fledged political party with his own group appeasing minorities left over after partition. He also ensured his family reaped the full benefits of the party. One good thing about RaGa is, he is fulfilling Mahatmas Gandhi's dream of closing the Congress party and has been successful so far. Hence we Indians have to be grateful to RaGa.

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  • Sangram Sangam, Kundapur

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    We can understand his concern

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Very timely article and the response/comments indicate that the saffron brigade did not succeed in poisoning the minds of Indians with their own venom against Nehruji. Yes, personal life apart, Nehruji has done tremendous works to bring up the tattered but liberated country with great dedication.

    Whereas, whatever Modi did since 2014, even just toilets, have disappeared physically but appear only on paper to claim compensation. The very people who question Nehruji's 5-Year-Plans or Industrial growth, are dumb to acknowledge that people still defecate in the open because they do toilets but no water to flush them out. People preferred a 'Lota' than an empty flush-tank. This is apart from dynamic economical changes that he imposed which became a total failure. DeMo, failed, Net mode increased online frauds, so on.

    Thank you Chris Emannuel D'Souza. Please continue writing.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Only good thing happened after 2014 is revoking article 370. Rest all is disasters like demonetization and GST.

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  • Azeez Vittal, Dxb

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    It's an eye opening article for today's generation, which is bombarded with fake and fabricated History propagated by one section of the society.

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  • George Dsouza, Mangalore, Mumbai

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    I don't think WhatsApp fake news would be able to destroy Nehru's legacy forever. Momentarily ,Yes.

    At no time in the history of independent India Nehru was so much relevant as he is today. The more you discuss him , the more relevant he would be . Now how long this mud-slinging would continue ? This may happen for another decade , till the time when the actual implications of the current regime would start affecting the citizens.

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  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    WhatsApp university has defamed freedom fighter Savarkar also.

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  • Anand R, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Not only WhatsApp Univ, also Macaulay Univ..

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  • Vikram, Usa

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    When Nehru assumed office it was 1Rs=1USD. Why did we see it coming down to 1USD to more than 50Rs ?? Why was Kashmir given special status ? Why was no clean partition done ? Why was his party not able to find any other leader from his lineage even till today ? Please think over these lines and you will get the answers. Yes, WhatsApp university has opened up truth . Truth often is not sweet.

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  • Azeez Vittal, Dxb

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    This information is not accurate.please feel free to check other authentic source than whatsap.

    It's true that Post-independence the rupee started to depreciate.It's just happened because the country had to go for foreign borrowing for the development and to cope up with huge finance deficit caused due to indo-china war.

    The currency was earlier pegged to dollar.Pegging mean a fixed exchange rate.

    So after that we chose floating exchange rate (a rate determined by Market) to increase export.Having strong exchange rate will never be considered as prosperity.

    Our products are competitive in foreign markets mostly for being less expensive due to market derived depreciated value of our currency.

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  • S Shetty, Tulunaad

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Being Posted,

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  • flavian r dsouza, chik/bengalur

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    IIT/IIM/five year plans , steel plants , public sector companies ...rest is history we have built on ...

    All big guys today in India are from IIT/IIM ...fonudation was laid by Nehru

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    In early years of the independence of India, there was true nationalism and people were eagerly working towards building the nation in 100% , without religion and caste politics.
    But sadly things are other around now.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    If any of the Sanghee minded leader took over from British instead of Nehru, we would have been still living in stone age & Modi did not have anything to sell today, except Pakoda and Tea!!!

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  • Rathnakara A, Shirva

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Who sold Pakistan to Jinnah? Third grade politician who illegally enjoyed the wealth of India . Other freedom fighters suffered and this guy enjoyed and died mysteriously.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    We must thank almighty for Pak not being part of India! India would have been lot poor with Undivided India! Almost every PM of India until MMS has performed great and lifted India steadily! I think after 2014 we need be happy with talks only and people have become prey to such polished talks brainwash!

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  • William D'Souza, Udupi

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Think of undivided India. There would have been daily problems. Out of 1.5bn populations, half a billion would have been Muslims, i.e 1/3 of the population. India would have been poorer feeding these mouths. And the problems would have been manifold. Thank God they have gone and now suffering in that hellhole. Those who stayed back are nationalist, but we failed to integrate them properly into Indian psyche. We allowed them "Muslim Personal Law board" for their day to day life. We should have made equal laws for all.

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  • francis, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    nice for Nehru..

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  • Santosh Bennet VAS, MANGALORE

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    Excellent article, rightly said , "The nation that distorts history, will have its history destroyed" the writer has correctly pointed out that today's "WhatsApp University students" who haven't touched voluminous History books, finger tap their gadgei and blindly forward all the crap that they receive, specially the poison that is poured out on a regular basis from the BJP IT cell.

    Indeed most of the paid Media and their guests who are tutored to reply via the tiller have created a polarised India. I'm nonfa. Of the Congress and never had any regards for their dynastic policy. India today under the present regime is going to destroy the good do e by the founding fathers of our great Nation.

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  • smr, Karkala

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    At the time of independence, India was a miserably poor country with over 80% of the people struggling for two meals a day. The average life span of an Indian was 31 years. Think about that - 31 years was a ripe old age to die. That was the average, the median age was much lower.

    Illiteracy was the rule, with just 15% of the people able to write, 20% able to read. The country had had a blood-stained partition with a lot of religious hatred in the border states as well as UP & Bihar.

    From that, Nehru built a country that was inclusive, that provided equal rights to all. Realizing thaHe built huge infrastructure projects like the two Hydel-Irrigation projects, the Bhakra-Beas and Damodar Valley Corp, the steel plants in Durgapur, Rourkela & Bhilai, and hundreds of other public sector industries to make machinery & equipment.

    He built the IITs, IIMs, and AIIMS for top level higher education, and thousand of primary, secondary and higher secondary schools. We today stand with proud chests for having these, as graduates from these places are at the cutting edge of technology & management world wide.

    If Nehru diplomacy didn't work Amritsar would have been on Pakistan side that may have cause logistical problem for Jammu and Kashmir. It is Nehru who believed in multi pooling in defense industries and encouraged the industries from all over the world to establish in India for national security.
    Today this 'WhatsApp university' legacy only questions 70 years past of the previous government, when India is no even able to feed the nation when we got independence.

    Jai Hind

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    It is due to Nehru love for communist all books were edited as per communist theory
    And all universities /text book committees were filled by cronies of Negaru
    So student were not told the truth. Now due to advance of technics each and every one knows the truth of all so called "heroes"
    Such ko jyada samay chupaya nahi sakta

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    It is not secret that Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel was against Sangh Parivar and wanted to ban all its affiliated outfits. Sanghees were also not have respect towards Patel due to this. But, they eventually started praising Patel by promoting Patel image larger than Nehru, just to degrade Nehru!

    WhatsApp university, the only achievement of BJP, busy degrading Nehru!!!

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  • Mukesh Attavar, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    Nehru was a great person no doubt about it, Its the current generation that has given a bad name to this great leader. Its due to the fact that the the biggest issue with the CAA and NRC is the current Nehru family descendants are unable to produce any single document to prove themselves as 'Gandhis'.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    Mr. Mahesh,

    Rethink if you are planning to send this idea to PMO (subject the Ghandis to CAA/NPR) because if Modi loves your idea (and keeps in mind to honor you with a Padma next year) and disproves the Ghandis' documents, its Modi and you are who are to lose.

    I'll explain why - both mother/son are MPs who are eligible for lifetime pension. They will happily leave India over failed CAA (obviously with all their fortune) but Modi will have to rethink about where to send their pension as well as former slain PMs of their family. If he is cutting them off from the pension, beware, citizens will be on their toes to cut it off to all MPs because they don't deserve a pension and it will save quite a lot of revenue to us taxpayers.

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  • Mukesh Attavar, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Deshbhakht, Mangalore .
    Modi or BJP do not need my ideas. RaGA and SoGA will not be harmed. Like someone said here, as long as RaGa is in and around in Congress, Modi or BJP do not need to fear or require a campaigner. RaGa is enough to take Congress to its grave. Meanwhile RaGa is also fullfiling Gandhijis dream of 1948 to close the Congress. You guys have to thank him,

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Mukesh,

    You mean to say Congress is the only opponent BJP should worry about ? Who took over Delhi from the mouth of Modi/Shah, if they think they are the only saviours of Indian politics ? Congress need not survive or Gandhis need not be the permanent party heads of Congress. If that was the case, would AAP have come into existence ? Indians are sane, they will vote wisely in future elections. They will not give-in to communal politics.

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  • Avinash, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    Superb Comment!!!!

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  • John, Mangaluru

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    A timely tribute to the architect of modern India.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    nehru brought up india from da dust 2 da highest. chaiwala brought down india from da highest 2 da dust.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    Luckily Jawaharlal Nehru, Netaji Subhash & Mahatma Gandhi were not educated in India ...

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  • John e dsouza, Mangaluru

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    A great and timely article which is true to its mettle.Modern India is just the creation of the mighty Jawaharlal Nehru!

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  • Avinash, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    The Nehru dynasty has been destroyed by none other than his great grand son RaGa.

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  • G Veer S, Nagpur

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    Now you are scared about Nehru Dynasty???. Previously you were nervous about Gandhi dynasty. You have lost sleep now and become delirious. No wonder you only dream about dynasty at night and hallucinate during the day. This dynasty is torchering you. Vinasha.

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  • Avinash, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    G Veer S, Nagpur . Nobody is scared of the Nehru Dynasty. In fact its a blessing in disguise. \

    As long as RaGa is around, BJP need not look for a star campaigner.

    The only ones who are scared is Congress, especially after their prince was booted out of his 60 year old family bastion and had to flee to Wayanad to win on Muslim Votes.

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  • Jazz, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    We Indians are emotional fools. Very gullible to fake news and propaganda. Anything to do with country or religion we lap it up without questioning. We need to instil in us and our children to ask questions , be curious dont follow dogma blindly. Check our news channels and advertisements for proof. Our ministers who are in charge of our country come to debates citing WhatsApp, Google and so called NASA or UN research. Dont know whether to laugh or cry. What's the use of education or technology when you are brainwashed so easily by hate mongers. Tough times ahead if you dont wake up now.

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  • Anwar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    Wonderful article,

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  • Raj Shetty, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    Goodness!... Author's love for Nehru dynasty has spoken out.. it doesnt matter what ur views are..that cannot make this selfish guy a hero.. like the great one once said.. There are three sides to every story: your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying

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  • William, Mangaluru

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    Mr. Shetty, don’t call him as hero. This is only for you to know Nehru’s immense contribution to our country which the present PM blatantly refuse to accept. Anyway we don’t accept his statement as he hardly has a habit of telling the truth. I belong to the era of Nehru’s reign as PM and I fully subscribe to the views of this writer. I don’t know to which era you belong to.

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  • Raj Shetty, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Mr.William, I'm not interested to know abt the contribution of this selfish person & a big time womanizer.. We have learnt that rite from our child hood days and I defer to accept.. No one is asking u to accept our PM's statement.. Oh yes U can very well follow the confused bull (Raga). History even talks about Tippu as UR national hero wherein most of the mlreans & goa Christians wouldn't accept and so do I..(reason well known & I don't want to get into it).. The so called 'historians & peace lovers change their colour as per their convenient.. Don't they Mr.William? :)

    I follow the era of Subhash chandra bose, Lal Bahadur shastri, Sardar Patel, Bhagat Singh and all the freedom fighters who shed their blood and sweat during the struggle.. I do not follow the Nehru/Gandhi dynasty who has lived and is still living for power, greed & money.

    Hope the above clarifies! :)

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, India

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    Pillars of democracy started shaking since 2014 under Modi..

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  • munna, udupi

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Only for Gums

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Sun, Mar 1 2020

    Nothing to say and not at all surprised on the preaching and teachings from the Pakoda University on history of pakodas. God help this country.

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  • Jd, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 2 2020

    Absolutely, we are now on 'your side, my side' stage, let us yearn for the truth, through historical or research articles, not through 'godi media' or whatsup university.

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