Public, Public, Arnab’s Republic!

Why not “Banana Republic”? There is a My Republic in Singapore and ANZ!

Dr Subramanian Swamy, BJP MP, has objected to former broadcast journalist Arnab Goswami calling his new company, Republic, saying it violates Indian laws. In particular, Swamy’s argument is that the nomenclature breaches the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950.

India, as you may know, celebrates its 68th Republic Day tomorrow.

Being a BJP mouthpiece himself, Arnab will face no trouble on any ground. Nonetheless, here are some suggestions for Arnab. He can call his company, “Public, Public”. At least it will carry a touch of humour.

Sonia Gandhi’s Pain-in-Law

Or, why not “Banana Republic”? That will be funny too, as the name will remind people of Sonia Gandhi’s pain-in-law Robert Vadra (Priyanka Gandhi’s husband) and take more votes away from the Congress party.

Singapore is already home to an Internet Service Provider named My Republic (https://myrepublic.net/sg/), which also has a presence in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

Arnab won’t be able to get a dotcom domain as well.  A click on www.republic.com took me to a British shopping portal – http://www.usc.co.uk/. But he can buy out the domain with a little help from the fugitive economic offenders, Lalit Modi (a friend of the BJP) and Vijay Mallya, both of whom are safely ensconced in Britain, a haven for rich criminals.

Seriously, though, Subramanian Swamy does have a point.

G Joslin Vethakumar

 

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