YouTube like many other networking sites has become an important part of today’s social life. From funny clips to videos courting controversies; from songs to movies; from political speeches to short moments from one’s personal life; millions of video clips make it to the YouTube everyday.
Here we bring some of the videos from the region that went viral on YouTube in 2014:
Rohtak Sisters’ Molestation Case
The video showed two sisters thrashing three boys who were boarded in the same bus. The sisters alleged that the boys were trying to physically harass them. The video, said to be uploaded by one of the co-passengers, went viral and gathered a lot of controversy. The incident was widely debated in the media, both print and electronic, and was in the news for several days.
A tragedy in which 24 students, including six female and 18 male, of VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad drowned in Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh on 8 June 2014. beas tragedy While this incident was taking place, some of the local residents who were present at the distance shot the video. The video went viral on the YouTube and gathered more than more than 1 million views.
Bhagwant Mann statement on the Punjabis stranded in Iraq
During the time of Iraq crisis when many Indians were stranded in Iraq and politicians across the nations, including Punjab, were making statements and demanding the external affairs ministry to bring back the Indians, Bhagwant Mann went a step further. The AAP MP from Sangrur, in one of the video that he uploaded in the social networking sites, said he was in contact with some of the Punjabi youths working in Middle East. The video garnered 4, 100 visitors within 24 hours. Many viewers criticised him for being so immature about the issue.
Lily Singh and Humble the Poet Song:
"Leh" video of Lily Singh and Toronto rapper Kanwar Singh, who popularly goes by the name Humble the Poet, garnered more than 1 million hits on the You Tube.leh
It portrays the general disdain on today’s youth who are obsessed with the social media millennial. It shows that how young generations crib about their life being hard even though they have all the luxuries in life.
Navjot Singh Sidhu’s controversial speech while campaigning for BJP during Haryana elections:
On October 11, Navjot Singh Sidhu, ex-cricketer-turned politician and senior BJP leader from Punjab accused the SAD (Shiromani Akali Dal), BJP’s alliance partner in Punjab, for back stabbing them and violating the coalition dharma in Punjab.
J-K social welfare minister invoking religion for votes
On the series of controversial viral videos from the region, Jammu and Kashmir region didn’t lag behind. One of the videos that went viral in the month of April showed Jammu and Kashmir’s social welfare minister Sakina Itoo asking an old man to vote for her in the elections. In the video, she was seen saying, "I am like your daughter, you take oath with Quran in your hands that you will support in the elections like in the past. Meanwhile, the National Conference defended its party member saying that there is absolutely no wrong with it. We believe there was no violation of ‘Code of Conduct’.
Pledge To Vote With Mr Shyam Negi
A video pledging to vote with Shyam Saran Negi, 97, who is said to be the first Indian voter of Independent India who casted his first vote in the year 1951, went viral just before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Since he is a true believer of democracy, no one else than he could be the inspiration for the young voters to come forward and cast vote and be a part of democratic system.