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Pappu is a common male given name or pet name in Hindi-speaking regions of India and Pakistan. In colloquial Indian languages, it refers to an innocent and simple boy.[1] When used in a derogatory sense, it could mean "naive" or "dumb kid".[2][3]

'Pappu' has been used frequently in popular culture (e.g. A R Rahman's chartbuster "Pappu Can't Dance Sala", Election Commission's "Pappu can't vote" campaign and Cadbury's "Pappu Pass Ho Gaya" ad campaign).[4] It has also been used in film titles such as Aur Pappu Paas Ho Gaya (2007), Pappu Can't Dance Saala (2011). In 2013, the critics of Rahul Gandhi used the term to mock him, and #pappu became the most popular trending Twitter discussion in India.[2]

People named Pappu

  • Kuthiravattam Pappu (1936-2000), Indian comedian in Malayalam-language films
  • Pappu Venugopala Rao (b. 1948), Indian educationist and musicologist from Andhra Pradesh . However, Pappu is a surname in Andhra Pradesh region and is not deragatory.
  • Pappu Kalani (b. 1951), Indian criminal-turned-politician from Mahrashtra
  • Pappu Yadav (b. 1960s), Indian politician from Bihar
  • Pappu Sain, Pakistani dhol musician


  1. ^ It’s a Beehive Full of Complainers, But if You Can Make it Here …
  2. ^ a b Dean Nelson (2013-04-04). "Rahul Gandhi mocked for 'beehive' speech". The Telegraph (UK). 
  3. ^ Amin Ali (2013-04-09). "Battle of Trolls: It's #Pappu vs #Feku". The Times of India. 
  4. ^ Pappus say they aren't one, brave chant with a smile. The Times of India. 9 May 2009, 0421 hrs IST, Megha Suri, TNN.