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PM Narendra Modi Did Not Say BJP Plays Hindutva Card For Electoral Gains, Viral Video Is Doctored

Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim

Hindutva is a card used by the BJP for electoral gains, says PM Narendra Modi in an old interview.

The archived version of the tweet can be seen here.

Fact

Newschecker ran a keyword search for “Hindutva Modi election card BJP”, which led us to this Zee News report, dated September 17, 2022, sharing a 26-year-old Zee News interview with Narendra Modi on the occasion of the PM’s 72nd birthday.

We also found the same interview uploaded on Youtube by Zee News on September 17, 2022, stating that it is from 1998. The viral excerpt can be seen from the 10:27 mark, where PM Modi is clearly heard saying, “Hindutva, yeh chunavi khel khelnekeliye ek tash ka patta nahi hai (Hindutva is not a card to play the election game),” contradicting the viral claim. We can see that the word “nahi” has been removed, confirming that the viral video had been digitally altered.

Also Read: ‘How Many Pages In The Constitution?’ Edited Video Falsely Shows Anurag Thakur Questioning Rahul Gandhi In Lok Sabha

Result: Altered Media

Source
Youtube video, Zee News, September 17, 2022


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Authors

Kushel HM is a mechanical engineer-turned-journalist, who loves all things football, tennis and films. He was with the news desk at the Hindustan Times, Mumbai, before joining Newschecker.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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