Ankit Lal should get his EVM hacking theory verified and twitter should get his account verified, again

Primarily I am a Software Engineer by profession, and whenever I meet someone I would introduce myself with the same. Ideally this introduction includes the programming languages that I have gained an expertise on, along with the organisation that I represent or have worked in the past.

But on various social networking sites, I would firstly call myself as the co-founder of SatyaVijayi, this is purely because of the fact that my passion precedes my profession in these places. Infact if one reads my bio on Facebook, I would call myself as an occasional columnist too, since on most situations I have seen that the subjects I write upon require a good amount of reading before you can acquire an expertise on them.

Of late, twitter has become an arena of self proclaimed experts, majorly members with these blue verified tickets who are making it a point to flaunt their non-existent expertise with erroneous statements. One such example is the recent series of tweets from Ankit Lal, who claims to be social media strategist of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

I am in no way trying to demean or attack Ankit Lal on a personal level by questioning his expertise of Social Media strategy or any other accomplishments that he claims to have achieved, but I would very much like to question his “twitter theory” on Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) hacking or his understanding of “software testing”. I would like to directly quote from his tweet as given below:-

As someone who has spent four years trying acquire a Bachelors Degree in Electronics & Instrumentation, I am only dumb struck with the meaningless and vague statements which were made by AAP social media strategist on microchips.

Any output can be obtained only with by manipulating an input, by alleging that the Government of India is manipulating the input, is Ankit Lal suggesting that it is a regular practice to replace the person to whom you are trying to vote for in the EVMs? To make it simple to the common man, this man is suggesting that Election Commission of India is such a corrupt body that workers from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress just simply walk into the room where EVMs are placed and replace all AAP candidates with their own candidates.

If this was the case, how come Arvind Kejriwal won 28/70 seats on a debut election in 2013, Narendra Modi won a thumping majority (Lok Sabha elections) in 2014, Arvind Kejriwal won 67/70 seats in 2015, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav won majority of the Bihar seats in 2015 and finally Captain Amrinder Singh decimated the opposition in Punjab in 2017? This theory does not even explain why BJP has not even made a single mark in either Tamil Nadu or Kerala?

If Congress were clever enough, wouldn’t they have done this long back? For a party which has managed to get away with massive scams in 2G, Coal allocations, Common Wealth Games, this is supposedly child’s play right?

The silver lining to this whole joke was the invention of the word called “MANUPULATIBILITY”, clearly the English language has been enriched by the addition of this new word to their dictionary by AAP’s social media stratergist.

Secondly, our social media strategist talks about re-writing microprocessors. In India, an engineering student who has taken electronics as a major, would have very little idea about it, until and unless he/she has worked in a specialized lab under skilled lecturers. Many of our Engineering colleges are way behind in terms of implementing such technical exposure to its students, but someone our social media strategist seem to have acquired this expertise, I wonder how?

What is even more interesting is that a twitter user by the name of Roshi CBG-san (@OnlyNakedTruth), who claims to be Chip Designer by profession, rips Ankit Lal’s twitter theory on EVM hacking to shreds in his series of twelve tweets. Any normal sensible human being would understand that the below mentioned twitter user has more knowledge than AAP’s social media strategist.

He clearly debunks all the technical goof-ups that Ankit Lal’s tries to cook out of thin air in his so called half baked EVM hacking theory.

Maybe Ankit Lal thought, the usage of fancy terms like “Bluetooth signals” will make him stand out, but unfortunately such words are frequently used even by the likes of Sagarika Ghose too these days.

Last but not the least is his clear failure in understanding what is called as black box or white box in software testing.

I have been working in Information Technology industry for nearly 9 years now. There are several levels of testing/testing approaches that you do before releasing the software to the production environment. Test scenarios are written by the development team based on our understanding of the code, these scenarios are written along with the help of Customers who specify what is the output they desire for each scenario. In most of the cases, expect for the development team, the testing team or the Customer hardly understands what is present in the code, they test the code only based on its functionality.

As per definition from stackoverflow, a pretty commonly used website by software engineers:-

Black Box Testing is a software testing method in which the internal structure/design/ implementation of the item being tested is NOT known to the tester while White Box Testing is a software testing method in which the internal structure/design/ implementation of the item being tested is known to the tester

These definitions not only expose Ankit Lal’s expertise in software testing but also expose his hypocrisy in questioning Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) or Election Commission Of India (ECI) with no sore of prior knowledge whatsoever. One can only wonder why AAP and its esteemed social media strategists never managed to accept any of the HACKATHONS invitations (an event which invited people to attempt and prove EVMs are hack able) which were arranged by ECI !!!

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