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No, Urdu wasn’t replaced by Sanskrit. Sambit Patra shares half-truths!

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India: Sambit Patra is in news again for a wrong reason. Mr. Patra, the spokesperson for BJP party has tweeted images of two railway signboards at Dehradun railway station. The image on the left has Dehradun written in Hindi, English, and Urdu, while the image on the right has the Urdu writing replaced by Sanskrit. Sambit Patra tweeted these images with a caption that just says ‘SANSKRIT’.

The tweet has garnered over 19k retweets and over 97k likes. Many users who retweeted the images believing that the railways had made this change recently, and is going to implement this all over India.

This is not the first-time Sambit Patra is found spreading false information. Patra was caught lying when he claimed that ‘Rajasthan Govt asked money’ for providing buses to transport students from Kota. He also shared a clipped video of Rahul Gandhi to mislead his followers once. In another false claim, he got wrong vehicle details while targetting Priyanka Gandhi.

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A simple reverse image search has directed us towards multiple articles that covered the same incident. The incident happened around early February 2020. According to “Hindustan Times“, the controversy started when a local BJP leader has questioned the railway authorities about not having Sanskrit in the signboards even though Sanskrit has been given the status of second official language in Uttarakhand in 2010.  Following this, some of the railway stations along with Dehradun railway station had new signboards where the Urdu writings were replaced by Sanskrit names. This has stirred up a lot of controversies.

Clarifying the issue, Rekha Sharma, a senior official from Moradabad railway division has said that the division did not receive any official order from the railway headquarters for writing names in Sanskrit and also said that the division would follow any such order only when the state government provides them the station names written in Sanskrit.

“The name was written by the construction agency which was renovating the station. They had put up a board with the name written in Sanskrit. The board was removed as soon as the matter came to light”  – Rekha said.

DRM Moradabad on February 7, 2020 has tweeted a statement from its official Twitter handle providing clarification on the incident. According to the official letter, Sanskrit can be used as an additional language apart from the existing languages in the signboards, nameplates, directional signs at railway stations, but will not replace Urdu.

Here is a paper clipping of Times News Network about the same issue.

Conclusion: The signboards were changed back to how they were before. Sambit Patra is misleading the social media users by not sharing the news that the signboards were changed back to their earlier forms.

ClaimReview: Urdu is replaced by Sanskrit from Railway station board in Dehradun

Claim By: Sambit Patra

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Fact Check: No, Girls dressed up in lungis in the viral image are not protesting a ban on jeans

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A picture of group of girls dressed up in lungis is going viral across social media with a claim that a college in Kerala has imposed ban on wearing Jeans, and these girls have protested the ban by wearing lungis. Many users across Twitter and Facebook have shared this viral image with the same claim.

Shahid Siddiqui, a former Member of Parliament and Managing Director & Chief Editor of Weekly Nai Duniya has shared the viral image with a claim, “College in Kerala banned jeans, girls came in lungis, college still thinking what to do next”. The tweet has garnered over 735 retweets and 5k likes. Archived here

To our surprise, Khushbu Sundar, ex-Congress leader and now BJP leader from Tamil Nadu has retweeted the same image tweeted by a Twitter account @WomenWithTruth. Khushbu said in her tweet, “If this is a true version, Bravo!!! more power to you”. Archived here

The viral image is also shared in Facebook by many users with a similar claim College in Kerala banned jeans, girls came in lungis, college still thinking what to do next. इसे कहते हैं रचनात्मक प्रतिरोध। जियो भारत की बच्चियों और डूब मरो नैतिकता के ठेकेदारों ….” Please find here and here. The same image was also viral in 2016. Many users have shared the same image, with the same claim. Times of India Fashion & Beauty has shared the image from their official Twitter handle with the same viral claim.

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A reverse image search of the viral image has directed us to several articles published in 2015. Tupaki, a popular South-Indian website for film news, has published an article on August 12, 2015, featuring the viral image along with Mahesh Babu’s lungi-clad look in the movie Srimanthudu. The article claimed that the image is from USA, where young Indian fans of Mahesh Babu expressed their love for their favorite actor by wearing a lungi.

Conclusion: The same image was also viral in 2016. Some of the social media users claim that this picture is older than 2015, and it is from a college fest. We found out in our research that there was no ban on Jeans in colleges in Kerala in 2015 or even now. So the above claims are baseless and false.

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“Voting, Voting” chants in Pakistan’s parliament falsely reported as “Modi-Modi” by IndiaTV, Times Now and others

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Pakistan: A video of opposition MPs shouting and interrupting the speech of their foreign minister in Pakistan’s Parliament is viral in India with false claims. Many Indian media outlets have falsely reported the incident that happened in Pakistan’s Parliament on 28th Oct 2020.

Rajat Sharma, the chief editor and chairman of India TV,  reported that Opposition in Pakistan’s Parliament chanted  “Modi, Modi” chants. India TV  from its official Twitter handle shared the video of Rajat Sharma’s report on the incident with a caption, “Exclusive: Why some MPs in Pakistan parliament shouted ‘Modi, Modi’ “.  Archived here

Times now has also published an article, “Pakistan Parliament reverberates with ‘Modi, Modi’ chants; Foreign Minister Qureshi lashes out in anger”.

 

Journalist and Editor of NewsNation, Deepak Chaurasia has also shared the viral video from his verified Twitter account with a caption, लो भाई पाकिस्तान की संसद में लगे मोदी-मोदी के नारे। अभी तो यह झांकी है लाहौर कराची बाक़ी है (Lo Bhai Modi-Modi slogans in Pakistan’s Parliament. It is now a tableau Lahore Karachi is due.). The tweet has garnered more than 2.4k retweets and 8k likes.

Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, has also shared the viral video and claimed, “Modi has been transfused into Pakistan’s parliament… slowly it will run in their blood. After all, Pakistan ki roots to India mein hi hain. Ghar wapsi to hona hi ek na ek din. Wah Modi wah.” Vivek’s tweet was retweeted more than 600 times. Right-wing news portal  OpIndia also tweeted their article which claimed that MPs in Pakistan are chanting “Modi Modi” during a heated debate.

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When we came across this video,  we tried to listen to the audio clearly. After repeatedly hearing the audio and the background noise, one can actually hear the MPs in Pakistan’s Parliament were not chanting “Modi, Modi”, instead, they were chanting “Voting-Voting“.

What actually happened?

According to an article (“NA unanimously adopts resolution against blasphemous sketches after noisy session”), published by Dawn, a Pakistan’s news portal, the National Assembly unanimously passed a resolution condemning the publication of blasphemous caricatures in France and the “resurgence of Islamophobic acts” in some countries, reported Dawn.

The ruckus started when the ruling party and opposition wanted to pass their own versions of resolutions condemning the blasphemous caricatures in France. When the foreign minister Qureshi started reading out the ruling party’s resolution, the opposition has started “Voting Voting” chants demanding to pass the resolution presented by the opposition.

Delhi based journalist Aditya Raj has also called the claim of India TV is false.

Conclusion: Upon repeatedly listening to the audio clip and confirming it from various sources, we can say that the chants by the opposition is “Voting voting”, but not “Modi Modi”. So the above claims by some popular news channels and journalists is found to be misleading and false.

 

 

 

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Unrelated Video of a woman viral as nurse completed IAS and posted as Collector

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A video of a woman walking through a room surrounded by people cheering, touching her feet and showering her with rose petals is going viral across social media with a claim, “She was a Nurse in Trivandrum Medical College. She completed IAS, and posted as District Collector in Kudagu. Because of her nursing experience, she could help Kudagu District to totally come out of Covid. She is getting a special treat and honor from the people of Kodagu”. The video is viral across Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.

A Twitter user @tweetanum shared the video from her account with the same claim. (Archive)

Some other Twitter users @N4LLANANBAN and @umakantpandya has also shared the same video with the same claim. The viral video was also shared across Facebook. Many users on Facebook have shared this video to public groups even though Facebook has flagged the content as false information. here, here, here, here.

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FactO News has already debunked this fake news/claim when the same video was shared with a claim by falsely identifying the woman in the video as Hathras rape case victim. Now the same video is viral again with a different claim. A reverse image search of some keyframes of the video would direct to a video posted in an YouTube channel on 5th March 2020. The caption of the video reads as”GRAND WELCOME DIAMOND LEADER SAFE SHOP MS NAZIA MADAM”. We found many videos of Nazia in YouTube which proves that she is NOT the District Collector of Kodagu, Karnataka.

What is a Safe Shop?

According to their website,  they sell fashion, health/beauty, and lifestyle products. Their business model is based on MLM architecture.

Who is the Woman?

The woman in the viral video is identified as Nazia Anwata (aka Nazia Madam), a senior associate with Safe Shop. She was supposedly the first woman Diamond leader of Safe Shop, India. You can find multiple videos of her speeches in different Safe shop events here.

Conclusion: It is evident that the woman in the viral video is not the District Collector of  Kodagu, KA. She is Nazia Anwata, a Senior Associate of Safe shop, a Delhi-based MLM business. So the above claims are false and misleading.

 

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