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Edited video utilized to target Indian opposition political leader with incorrect ‘Muslim conversion’ claim

Screenshot of the false post taken on May 5, 2024
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Screenshot of the incorrect post handled Might 5, 2024

The video was shown a comparable claim on Facebook here and here and on X here.

The posts emerged as India held basic elections carried out over 6 weeks to alleviate the tremendous logistical concern of staging the democratic workout worldwide’s most populated nation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his judgment Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Celebration are commonly anticipated to win with a weakened political opposition pressed to the sidelines.

However reacting to the distributing posts, an agent for Kumar informed AFP on Might 17: “Kanhaiya has actually not transformed to Islam. He stays a Hindu.”

Controlled video

The video in the posts was likewise controlled.

A Google reverse image search of keyframes discovered the clips were drawn from longer video published on the YouTube account of regional media outlet One Channel on August 27, 2018 (archived link).

The video’s title and caption stated it revealed Kumar responding to concerns from Muslims in Nanded, a district in the western Maharashtra state (archived link).

Below is a screenshot contrast of the video in the incorrect posts (left) and the longer video (right):

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An analysis of the 30-minute video discovered Kumar’s remarks had actually been misrepresented.

No place in the video did he state he transformed to Islam.

The very first clip corresponds from the 12:03 mark of the longer video.

However it in fact revealed Kumar pricing estimate Abul Kalam Azad, the very first education minister of India post-independence and who was Muslim (archived link).

The referral to Azad was left out in the distributing video.

The 2nd and 3rd clips — which correspond from the 16:01 and 15:12 marks of the longer video respectively — likewise omitted the context of Kumar’s remarks.

He was making a point about what he stated was the marginalisation of Muslims in India and was informing his audience how they might react to this.

He stated: “We can counter that story and state that the constitution has actually provided us equivalent rights, this nation comes from us as much as it comes from the Hindus… We will secure ourselves, and in doing so, we will likewise secure our neighborhood and our country.”

He likewise stated: “If anybody concerns you as a protector of the neighborhood and states we will conserve the religious beliefs, inform them ‘Our Allah has tremendous power. Allah will secure us.'”

AFP has actually consistently exposed false information associated to India’s basic elections here.

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