Three anchors of an MTV reality show had their faces blackened by activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and were chased out of Pune for using foul language on national television, party officials said here Friday.

“We blackened the faces of MTV Roadies anchors Raghu Ram, Rajeev Lakshman and Ranvijay Singh and told them not to set foot in the cultural city of Pune,” said Shailendra Dalvi, Pune secretary of the ABVP – the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).

Cultural city of Pune indeed, assuming one does not include the non-cultural parts of Pune. And lest this surprise you, Pune has always been the home-ground for violent fundamentalists who have hated those who flaunting a bald look. The other example that comes to mind is of course Mahatma Gandhi.


Since I do not think highly of Raghu Ram and his cronies, I reluctantly protest against the goons of ABVP.