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Frankly, it’ll make any person angry: Jio Institute parody duo

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By Priya Solomon

Within seconds of the government controversially awarding the “Institute of Excellence” tag to Reliance Group’s Jio Institute, social media users were desperately hunting for anything on the non-existent institute.
They did find one on Twitter though — @JioInstitute and what a joy it was to see this active handle.

It may be a parody. But it provided comic relief, the country needs today. There was no better way to assuage the feelings of fellow citizens, who are now daily witness to a bizarre procession of bewildering decisions and actions.

Who are the people behind the parody account of @JioInstitute? Priya Solomon, Editor, Azhimukham.com chats with them on Twitter.

Priya Solomon : Who would you say you are?
@JioInstitute: We are just normal people with Twitter access. We enjoy a good laugh and get angry at the injustice in the society.

PS: Are you a famous personality or group?
J: We’re not famous or celebrities. We’re not even a big group. We are just two people across two states who met via Twitter and developed a friendship based on common likes and dislikes.

PS: Is this the first time something you did went viral?
J: No. We went viral few times earlier too. We collaborated on a parody Biplab Kumar Deb account. We’ve been quoted in newspapers earlier too. (Someone in the media thought it was a real handle and ran a story. Even the CM office was caught off guard and issued a statement which led to a comedy of errors)

PS: Why are you only following the PM and AIB?
J: AIB, as you know, stands for All India Bakchod. Same is the case with the other handle we follow.

PS: Where are you based?
J: Two people in two different states.

PS: What’s next?
J: We frankly don’t know. We never thought it’ll go this viral. It was just a vent for our pent-up frustrations through sarcasm. But many well-meaning Indians identified with our frustrations. We’re really glad and thankful for that.

PS: With so much fame coming your way, do you wish you were not anonymous?
J: Yes. We want to remain anonymous for the time being at least.

PS: Why the anonymity? Are you scared?
J: I think anonymity gives you a certain freedom of not being judged. It’s up to us how we utilize it.

PS: Any political leanings?
J: Well, we’ve been observing things and frankly, it’ll make any person angry. We don’t belong to any particular political party but yes, we do subscribe to a certain ideology.

PS: Who are some of the famous people following you?
J: Well, we’re glad that many people thought our efforts were good and it made them laugh. Omar Abdullah was very sporting. Also Ram Guha. We’re grateful for their support.

PS: Have you received any hate mail?
J: No hate mail so far. But you never know 😉

Follow Jio Institute here: @Jioinstitute
(You can contact Priya Solomon on [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @soulpri

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