India Today carried a story that went viral yesterday, quoting BJP MP Sadhvi Prachi saying that Vladimir Putin’s original name was Vaarahmihir Putr Singh. The article is no longer listed on their site, but a cached version of it exists on Google.
It appears that someone got mislead by a satirical piece.
While the story was pulled, the hashtag #VHPNames had already gone viral.
VHP supporters will doubtless be incensed at the unfairness of it all, but the viral meme it generated on Twitter threw up some really funny candidates.
Samuel L. Jackson is actually Samarth Lal Jaikishan. #VHPNames— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) March 2, 2015
Leonardo DiCaprio is actually a bengali - Leonardo Das ChatterjeeMarch 2, 2015
Madonna is actually Madhu Koda #VHPNames— Sandeep Kadian (@GappistanRadio) March 2, 2015
Bob Marley was a Bengali musician. His real name was Babu Murali #VHPNames— Overrated Sala (@bhak_sala) March 2, 2015
Christian Bale is Hindu Bale. #VHPNames— Akbar (@MughalDarbar) March 2, 2015
Will smith is actually vilas amit.March 2, 2015
50 Cent is Athanni. #VHPNames— Hardik Rajgor (@Hardism) March 2, 2015
Ban Ki Moon is actually Moonmoon Banerjee. #VHPnames— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) March 2, 2015
Ernest Hemingway is Arihant Holskar. Charles Dickens is Chunni Doraiswamy. Elizabeth Gilbert is nothing as she's a woman writer. #VHPNames— Vivek Tejuja (@vivekisms) March 2, 2015
If Sunny Leone joins VHP, she would be widely known as Sadhvi Laavanya #VHPnames— Roflindian 2.0 (@Roflindian) March 2, 2015
ABD Villiers is actually Akhand Bharat Daya Varma. #VHPnames— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) March 2, 2015
Jesus Christ is Jai Shri Krishna according to VHP? #VHPNames— Roflindian 2.0 (@Roflindian) March 2, 2015
Scarlett Johansson is actually Sagarika Jaikishan. #VHPNames— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) March 2, 2015
#VHPNames Obama is actually Sudama— Ushy Mohan Das (@UshyMohanDas) March 3, 2015
Jet Lee is actually Jaitley.... haha #VHPNames— RK Kr.Sinh (HAM/AAP) (@AgnosticRvikant) March 3, 2015
Jackie Chan is actually Jai Kishan. #VHPNames— Shahenshah Of Swill (@MrTippler) March 3, 2015