Brand Ambassador of Digital India Program wins the International Award….

The officials at the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) must be congratulating themselves on the excellent work done by their search committee  which found out and recommended  Sri Ankit Fadia to be appointed as the Brand Ambassador for the Digital India Program when they hear that their golden choice won an International award recently in a conference called DEFCON-23. The award was called “Security Charlatan of the year”.

It is great news that  Mr Ankit Fadia the celebrated Brand Ambassador for Digital India appointed on 1st July 2015 under a grand certificate  signed by none other than the then Secretary of the department Mr Ram Sewak Sharma won the coveted global award in the conference.

DEFCON-23 was held in Las Vegas between August 6-9 and I am not sure if any representative from DeitY  attended the.  But they must be glad to know that this is an annual event  widely attended by the community of “Hackers” from around the world and is very popular in the Information Security Community. Perhaps they should plan to attend the next DEFCON conference is expected to be  held between August 4-7, 2016 at Las Vegas.  As custodians of Digital India,  it will be a great opportunity for them to  identify more Brand Ambassadors for Digital India program.

(P.S: We can for the time being ignore the controversy surrounding the appointment  as to whether it  was done by the Secretary without the knowledge of others in the department and hence was  disowned in a PIB press release in the morning of 29th September 2015. However, by that time Mr Ankit had already published the certificate signed by Mr Ram Sewak Sharma and hence the department was forced to confirm the appointment  in the evening. See details).

The Best Security Charlatan award was won by Ankit Fadia against stiff competition involving 7 global nominations including one more from India namely Rahul Tyagi. The citation is available in the enclosed Video available on Youtube (See minutes 31 onwards.. It is a must watch). The award was given in absentia since Mr Fadia did not attend the conference.

If I stop here, the officials of DeitY will perhaps pat their backs and also hold a grand function in Delhi to honour their newly appointed Brand Ambassador. Because I donot want Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad and Mr Modi to be again facing inconvenient questions from the press, I would like to add the full details of the award.

The award is known as the “Security Charlatan Award” and is given for the “Best Charlatan in the Information Security and Hacking domain” as nominated by a global audience and voted during the conference.

The word “Charlatan” is not a commonly used word and hence we need to look up a dictionary for understanding the meaning.

According to, the word “Charlatan” means

 a person who pretends or claims to have more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses; quack.”

This was surprising for me since I wase looking at the “Brand Ambassador” of Digital India and confused how can he be a “Quack” and that too an award winning “Quack”?

Then I made a fresh search in the trusted Google and was horrified to get the meaning as

“A charlatan (also called swindler or mountebank) is a person practicing quackery or some similar confidence trick in order to obtain money, fame or other advantages via some form of pretense or deception.”

I was stunned..What? “also called swindler”?.. I intend taking up this with Mr Sundar Pichai and seek a clarification.

Anyway readers may check their own dictionary and confirm if this word has any different meaning.

If Mr Ankit Fadia is a global award winner for the “Security Charlatan” in the DEFCON conference, it is high time DeitY should check what kind of award their search committee should get for identifying and appointing a “Charlatan” as a “Brand Ambassador”.

May be our readers have a recommendation?..If so forward it to Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad.


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About Vijayashankar Na

Naavi is a veteran Cyber Law specialist in India and is presently working from Bangalore as an Information Assurance Consultant. Pioneered concepts such as ITA 2008 compliance, Naavi is also the founder of Cyber Law College, a virtual Cyber Law Education institution. He now has been focusing on the projects such as Secure Digital India and Cyber Insurance
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9 Responses to Brand Ambassador of Digital India Program wins the International Award….


    It’s a very good news that Mr. Ankit Fadia has been recommended as Brand Ambassador of Digital India by DeitY. Why not, he has exceptional knowledge and he can use his skills in making Digital India more effective and efficient. Security is essential component of Digital world and we are at the right position to get a excellent person as Brand Ambassador of Digital India. He is Security Charlatan of the year that also mean he can not only break but he can also “protect” from attacks.
    So, Always taking positive attitude, it’s is better to have Mr. Ankit Fadia as Brand Ambassador.

  2. Shivam Singh says:

    I am very excited to know that Ankit Fadia will be the Brand Ambassador of Digital India. This person is full of expertness in field of Cyber and I think this is a right decision to choose him as Brand Ambassador. To prevent from attack and provide security, we need a person like Mr. Ankit Fadia who can provide best digital world by his knowledge.
    I heartily support him for this.

    • sand339 says:

      To prevent from attack and provide security, we need a person like Mr. Ankit Fadia who can provide best digital world by his knowledge.

      Can you support you statement with some examples? I mean I want to know more about his contribution is this field. Please share some of his works example – researches, attacks or prevention techniques that he developed, etc.

    • Dear Shivam Singh, Kindly check the exact dictionary meaning of the word “Charlatan”.

  3. sand339 says:

    I don’t know what criteria DeitY had set while choosing Brand Ambassador, but if it was just popularity among commoners then I think DeitY stands corrected.

    If the criteria was based on contribution in a specifc field then I strongly oppose the selection of Ankit Fadia as BA. If I start putting the number of reasons why I am opposing, then this comment box would not be sufficient and I would need to put up a separate blog post.

    As the author has accurately mentioned the meaning of charlatan, it is a matter of shame that an Indian has received this award at Defcon 23 (for folks who don’t know what is DEFCON please refer to and also an irony that we have made the same Indian a Brand Ambassador of Digital India.

    As a referance folks can go through the following links:

    There are many other referances but the reason I have listed the above two is because the first link is one of most well reasearched and contains exact proofs of his fraudalent acts and the second article is from a respected source likes Forbes.

    I would also like to add that there is no need of Brand Ambassador for Digital India as PM Narendra Modi has himself proved to be the biggest Ambassador for Digital India and what else do we need?

    P.S. – Hackers are not like Ankit Fadia or have never been like. Please do not associate his name with the word Hacker

  4. The Hindi meanings of the word Charlatan is available here:Open the page and enter the word “Charlatan” in the left box….

    • Some of the meanings given above are as follows:

      मायावी, झूठा ,धोखेबाज़, कपटी, ढोंगी, उठाईगीरा, कुवैद्य, नीम-हकीम, मिथ्या चिकित्सक, छली

      Hope people understand what the award actually means.

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