A 2016 video of a Congress leader Naseem Khan from Mumbai referring to Sri Sri Ravishankar’s statement on India-Pakistan unity has been edited to falsely claim that Khan shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ at a cultural event.
In the edited clip one can hear Khan, an MLA from Chandivali say, “‘Pakistan Zindabad, If Modiji has courage, if Rajnath drank his mother’s milk, then file a sedition case” (Original text in Hindi – पाकिस्तान ज़िंदाबाद | अगर हिम्मत है मोदी जी के अंदर, राजनाथ ने यदि अपनी माँ का दूध पिया है तो देश द्रोह का मुकदमा चला के दिखाए |)
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Naseem Khan Congress MLA from Chandiveli sloganeering ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ on stage
This is the kind of leaders Congress keeps and promotes in its party, so think before you vote#MahaMandateWithModi pic.twitter.com/G6tu6ctV5tRelated Stories:— Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) October 13, 2019
Viral on Twitter
Congress MLA Naseem Khan bol ra ha hai, “Pakistan Zindabad.”@Modi, @Rajnath Singh @Amit Shah aur hum Indians ko challenge kar ra ha hai , “Deshdrohis” ka mukadma chalana chahiye.— Mk Singh Parihar (@MkSingh10571544) October 12, 2019
Yeh, Congress walon ko Lok Sabha chunav harne ke badh kya hogaya hai???? pic.twitter.com/Dq1jBmsX6z
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Viral on Facebook
The same edited video is viral on Facebook with the same caption.
BOOM noticed logo – Mushaira News – in the left hand corner of the viral video and found the original video on YouTube uploaded by a channel of the same name.
In the original clip dated June 20, 2016, one can hear Khan narrate a few lines questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi about spiritual guru Ravishankar’s statement, ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ should go hand in hand with ‘Jai Hind’ in a bid to promote unity between the two countries.
Ravishankar had in March 2016 at the World Culture Festival at the Yamuna floodplains in New Delhi had said that, “Jai Hind and Pakistan Zindabad” should go together for peace and development in the region,” after Pakistan’s Mufti Muhammad Saeed Khan finished his speech.
He later tried to backtrack on his statement, after the hashtag #SendSriSriToPakistan started trending on Twitter.
At the 2.41.24 seconds mark, Khan says, “I want to ask Modiji that today on the banks of Yamuna, Sri Ravi Shankar raised the slogan of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’, in presence of Rajnath Singh. Will he be prosecuted for sedition?” (In Hindi – मैं पूछना चाहता हूँ मोदी जी से की आज यमुना के किनारे दिल्ली में श्री श्री रविशंकर ने पाकिस्तान ज़िंदाबाद [के नारे] लगाए वो [भी] राजनाथ सिंह की मौजूदगी में, उनपर देश द्रोह का मुकदमा चलेगा या नहीं |)
BOOM found that the first part of Khan’s sentence refering to Ravishankar’s statement has been removed and edited to give the impression that Khan sloganeered ‘Pakistan Zindabad’.
Full Transcript – “I want to ask Modi ji that today on the banks of Yamuna, Sri Ravi Shankar raised the slogan of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’, in presence of Rajnath Singh. Will he be prosecuted for sedition? If Modi ji has courage, if Rajnath has drank his mother’s milk, then file a sedition case and show.”
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Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.
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