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Op-Ed: ‘Fitness video’ has left Naveen’s spin doctors looking as an alternative silly

“Who does he assume he’s fooling? We are looking at him on TV on a day by day foundation. We had visible him with our very own eyes when he turned into right here final – to inaugurate the beautified Kusuma pond. He should barely stroll without help. Who will agree with this video?”
No, this isn’t always the reaction of a BJP or Congress worker/supporter/sympathizer to the health video of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik ‘unofficially’ launched by using the BJD, as you may be already imagining. This without a doubt is how a BJD worker in Jajpur reacted to the video that is going viral on WhatsApp and other social media platforms over the past three days.
This man has in no way heard of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and what it may be used for. His reaction is based entirely on what he can see with his naked eyes. And it’s far what he has visible that has made him skeptical of the video. Lakhs of people ought to have concept alongside comparable traces as they watched the Chief Minister being helped on to the degree through aides at an election rally in Raighar on Saturday, slightly an afternoon after the video commenced doing the rounds on social media. The abdomen, so conspicuous with the aid of its absence within the video, become lower back with a bang!
That the sort of video, actual or faux, become launched for public consumption in the first vicinity shows that Naveen’s minders were seriously concerned about the speculation over his fitness and the effect it could have at the electoral outcome. This changed into a rare peep allowed into the private life of a person who has zealously guarded his privateness for two decades. Naveen himself gave the sport away with his announcement, looking instantly into the digicam, “Getting prepared to fight for the human beings of Odisha,” on the cease of the video.

The video turned into manifestly meant to cope with worries over his bodily circumstance. But going through the reaction of the average man on the street, it seems to have had the complete opposite effect. Discussion on his health, constrained to private conversations thus far, has now burst into the general public arena. His bodily movements in public will now be watched extra closely than ever before; every little sign of discomfiture picked up, mentioned and dissected threadbare and all assurances that The Boss is in the crimson of health serious about a bagful of salt.
When the difficulty of the Chief Minister’s supposedly falling health first came into the public domain, courtesy a record in touch acknowledged English information portal quoting anonymous ‘sources’ in March 2017, Naveen had dismissed it with an emphatic “I honestly match and first-class” assertion. And the people had taken him at his phrase. But the health video seems to have unwittingly reopened the can of worms and spawned a variety of loose communicate in public. All variations of fancy theories and unsubstantiated tales have started doing the rounds.
Those in the back of the concept of the video had glaringly now not bargained for the kind of reaction it’s miles getting. But it remains a mystery why they felt any such video become necessary at all. After all, no competition party turned into making the Chief Minister’s health an issue in the election. Nor became any mention of it within the media. But after the video went viral, the problem has abruptly was given traction both inside the press and amongst political parties. Veterans Suresh Routray of the Congress and Damodar Rout of the BJP, both of them older than Naveen, have already dared him to a dash to show his health. In brief, it has opened a virtual Pandora’s Box.
Naveen’s spin medical doctors have all at once commenced searching alternatively silly!