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Weekly Wrap: A Look At The Different Political And Religious Claims Viral In India

The past week Indian social media witnessed a majority of misleading claims related to political and religious themes. This includes claims by BJP leaders on an illegal cross built in Edlapadu, AP, the Assam government closing madrassas in the state, and a youth arrested in Ferozepur, Punjab.

Assam Government Plans To Close Only State-Run Madrassas, Social Media Posts Mislead

Assam is not closing all madrassas in the state. Only state-run madrassas and Sanskrit schools will be closed and converted into regular schools.  

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Claims Made By BJP Leaders About Illegal Cross In Edlapadu Are False, Guntur Police Clarifies

The claims made by AP BJP leaders that a cross was being illegally built at a Hindu worship site in Edlapadu are false. The site with Sita’s footprints is in a different location from that of the cross. 

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Social Media Post Connecting Image Of Accused To Questioning Farmer Leader Balbir Singh Is False

The social media post connecting the accused from a murder case to farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal is false. The man in the image is accused of a murder case in Ferozepur. 

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1962 Photograph Of Jawaharlal Nehru At A Congress Party Meeting In Patna Shared With Misleading Claims

Photograph attributed to Jawaharlal being slapped by Swami Vidyanand Videh for saying that “Aryans were refugees in India” in 1962 is misleading. The image was found in the archives of the Associated Press describing it as a security man grabbing Nehru from plunging into a riotous crowd at a Congress party meeting in Patna. 

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Nikita Vashisth
Nikita Vashisth
Nikita is a writer and editor for English fact-checking. She also leads projects to understand the misinformation and fake-news ecosystem—with an emphasis on data and psychology. Previously, she has worked with IndiaSpend, CNN-News18 and written for Citizen Matters and Mongabay-India on the environment, health, and politics. She’s a postgraduate of the Computational Journalism program at Cardiff University, Wales.

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