US troops, not Indian soldiers featured on BJP promotional posters in Varanasi

The BJP has indirectly kept Uri terror attack in public discourse but it seems odd that Indian soldiers were not put on the posters.

Written by Kanishka Singh | Updated: October 25, 2016 2:12 pm
BJP's poster in Varanasi showing iconic photo that was taken 10 years ago in Wynot, Iraq., 320th Field Artillery Regiment. BJP’s poster in Varanasi showing iconic photo belonging to US Army soldiers of 320th Field Artillery Regiment. that was taken 10 years ago in Wynot, Iraq.

Soldiers have again made an appearance on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s promotional posters ahead of the crucial 2017 election. A new poster of the BJP released in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh boasted a silhouetted image of soldiers from 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Screaming Eagles of the US armed forces. The image has also famously appeared as a banner by the famed TV war series Band of Brothers. Notably, the BJP has indirectly kept the Uri terror attack in public discourse but it seems odd that Indian soldiers were not put on the posters, even if the Army’s responding surgical strikes operations are being projected as an achievement by the party.

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The image printed in the poster was apparently clicked in Iraq during American military operations and has no link to Indian armed forces. The poster which appeared in Mahanagar, Varanasi was put up apparently to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Lok Sabha constituency, ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2017. The poster features PM Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and several local BJP leaders like Pradeep Agrahari, Naveen Kapoor and Maneesh Kapoor.

iraq-soldier-759 The original photograph that was taken 10 years ago.

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This poster comes after ‘Avengers of Uri’ posters were seen in Lucknow this month when PM Modi delivered his Dussehra address while also launching the party’s election campaign in the poll-bound state. The Uri attack and surgical strikes carried out subsequently have been used extensively by political outfits in the recent weeks and the BJP’s posters follow in the same line. If not commissioned by the leaders, it was a faux pas seemingly by the party workers trying to impress the PM. Interestingly, the soldiers pictured on the posters are not even Indian to begin with but maybe just put for dramatic effect.

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First Published on: October 24, 2016 3:11 pm
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    Dinesh
    Oct 25, 2016 at 7:03 am
    Listen you Indians you need Americans and Israel on your side under bloody Congress Indian army's are not well equipped with modern wear and arms because that was Neru policy to keep you Indians backward and his daughter Indra's family make money remembere why lots of Indians went abroad and done well.So wake up get rid of Congress,Kejriwal,Lalu and his clowns and Mamata
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      Ozzy
      Oct 24, 2016 at 4:36 pm
      Hahahalt;br/gt;Bloody election stunt
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        Saurabh
        Oct 24, 2016 at 12:50 pm
        Dumb bhakts. Their brain is full of 💩💩💩💩💩 Only . Useless people 😆😆😆😆😆
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          Saurabh
          Oct 25, 2016 at 4:57 am
          American soldiers never knew their true potential till we use them in our posters - manohar parrikar. 😆😆😆😆😆
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            Tinku
            Oct 24, 2016 at 10:50 am
            Honorable PM, jobs are decreasing, no 15 lakhs.....what dont you shut your mouth?
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              Abbiya
              Oct 24, 2016 at 10:45 am
              Rahul was correct DALAL. ..anybody doubt ???
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                Sohil
                Oct 24, 2016 at 10:14 am
                What a JOKE..............and they taking sympathy who have led their lives..........
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                  Anil Choudhary
                  Oct 25, 2016 at 1:18 am
                  Now who can say this MC newspaper and g--आ--ndu journo that the image was just meant for Representational purpose . lt;br/gt;This MC express newspaper has already lost its minds and meant for all propaa works . lt;br/gt;Liar news paper with nonsense writings.lt;br/gt;BTW there is no need to put army pics in political rally but making satires by this हraमी न्यूज़ पेपर is way behind the mockery of out army that we ain't gonna tolerate. Jai hind
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                    ankur raghuvanshi
                    Oct 24, 2016 at 2:31 pm
                    These posters are made from local print guys, who copy paste om pics whatever is appealing to them. Why there is no report on Mayawati's Statue in Lucknow in So called Ambedkar Park, which has been there since decade.Stupid . This kind of opinion making news not expected from Indian Express. @ Editor kindly do not show only one face of coin.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;PS: I feel this govt. has did and will do something that we can't expect from congress.
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                      Rahul
                      Oct 24, 2016 at 11:38 am
                      Everything is ok, they taken decision for surgical strike.lt;br/gt;But do not put it on poster, ultimately people will think negative about it.lt;br/gt;Everyone knows, this is BJP gvernment did this.lt;br/gt;Why directly putting it for electoral gain, this is all about ethics and dignity.
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                        Arun
                        Oct 24, 2016 at 12:31 pm
                        FEKU56 and his team in action again
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                          Sam
                          Oct 25, 2016 at 3:42 am
                          This is NOT a clip of the BAND of BROTHERS...please note the FIREARMS. They are modern ault rifles, Shotgun and hand held grenade launchers. The helmets have Night Vision devices rails installed....These can be soldiers of any army of the world, including the Indian Army...STOP FOOLING AROUND and politicise such new
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                            Chandrashekhar Deshpande
                            Oct 24, 2016 at 1:07 pm
                            It happens when sycophants wears' go-gals' Made in China.
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                              Jujhar G
                              Oct 25, 2016 at 5:38 am
                              He ha ha ha ha !!!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
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                                Jujhar G
                                Oct 25, 2016 at 5:52 am
                                Modi Bhakts go by what is visible superficially. Actually none of RSS / BJP propgenda has any depth.
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                                  Indian
                                  Oct 24, 2016 at 1:49 pm
                                  Gadho ki fauj karegi mauj
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                                    Rihan
                                    Oct 25, 2016 at 10:30 am
                                    BJP has to bear up with this because it's foot soldiers and even President are just self centered and obsessed people. Their thinking is to forcibly impose their views in others orelse others are against the country.
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                                      JayHind
                                      Oct 25, 2016 at 12:56 am
                                      British created rss to divide hindu muslim freedom fighters on religious line lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now rss is playing same role for current super power
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                                        Joydeep
                                        Oct 24, 2016 at 1:17 pm
                                        Ha ha, Feku56.
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                                          JM
                                          Oct 24, 2016 at 10:14 am
                                          Cut and paste feku. These .......... liers.
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                                            joseph
                                            Oct 24, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                                            This is funny. But what is sad is that 2 BSF jawans have died in two days and one Indian army soldier is in captivity in stan. Neither the govt. nor the BJP supporting media is debating that.
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