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Indian politician ridiculed for World UFO Day Facebook post

Arun Jaitley, India’s finance minister, met with criticism on Wednesday, July 2 immediately after posting a message to his Facebook page in support of World UFO Day.

Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley (Credit: Kkm010/Wikimedia Commons)

Jaitley, a key member of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s staff, posted, “This day is celebrated to raise awareness about the existence of UFO’s and with that intelligent beings from outer space.” According to Reuters, this post was deleted half an hour after Reuters contacted Jaitley’s staff for a statement. This Facebook account is reportedly “one of the main forums in which he publishes official information.” So when followers of the account saw a post about World UFO Day, Jaitley was immediately ridiculed.

Some Facebook users voiced their disapproval and frustration by leaving comments on the post. One user wrote, “Sir instead of talking on outer space, please confine your discussion on the hardship faced by common men . . . People are confused and scared about the undefined miseries which are going to be heaped upon them in the names of restoring fiscal health of the country.” Another user commented, “Sir FM, today we the people of India are celebrating the price hike day instead of UFO day.”

It appears that people are, understandably, more concerned with the earthly issues that are currently affecting their lives. Still, it is unfortunate that a politician who supports raising awareness about UFOs is attacked for voicing such support. This goes to show that, although things have slightly improved in recent years, there is still a tremendous stigma attached to UFOs that hinders the progress of serious study into these unidentified objects seen all over the world on a regular basis.

World UFO Day 2014

World UFO Day originated in 2001, and its recognition has grown every year since its inception.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. Wow, how short sighted are these boobs who reprimanded this brave Indian politician? Disclosure hopefully may lead us to alternative sources of energy, that would impact EVERY SINGLE PERSON on this planet, and especially the planet itself. It is possible that ET tech. could put an end to poverty, over population difficulties, food and water crisis, illness and disease, what is wrong with people? Are there still so many ignoramus’ out there that still can’t wrap their simpleton minds around the fact that UFOs are real, we are not alone, WE HAVE NEVER BEEN ALONE! Wake up people, the implications of UFO Disclosure is serious business, no politician courageous enough to shed light on this phenomenon should ever, ever be reprimanded! People are so dim I am ashamed to admit to being a member of this ridiculous species- sheesh!

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