Dhruv Rathee, an Indian YouTuber with 13M Subscribers, Recognized for Fact-Checking and education
Dhruv Rathee embarked on his YouTube journey back in 2014, and since then, he has amassed an impressive following, boasting over 13 million subscribers and a library of more than 500 videos on his channel. His impact extends beyond YouTube, as he has recently earned recognition from TIME Magazine as one of the ‘next generation leaders’ of 2023. This prestigious acknowledgement comes in light of his dedication to fact-checking and his commitment to delivering educational content across a wide range of topics through his YouTube platform.
— Ashutosh yadav (@Ashutos72914696) October 6, 2023
From Travel Blogger to Truth Defender
Rathee, a 28-year-old content creator, celebrated this significant achievement on social media, expressing his honour at being included in such a renowned list and his pride in representing India on an international stage. His journey on YouTube began with a travel blog, but he soon recognized a critical need in the Indian online space. Many Indians lacked the necessary skills to discern credible information on the internet, often falling victim to misinformation. This realization led Rathee to transition into creating fact-checking content.
His mission is clear: to present complex issues most simply and understandably as possible. Through his videos, he aims to break down intricate topics into easily digestible pieces of information, empowering his viewers to make informed decisions.
TIME Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders 2023
I’m honored to be included in this prestigious list and proud to represent India internationally.
Thank you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/aIT7J7z7EK
— Dhruv Rathee (@dhruv_rathee) October 6, 2023
However, with great influence comes its own set of challenges. Rathee has faced backlash and trolling from various quarters. One notable incident occurred when he addressed the controversial film ‘The Kerala Story’ in May. Despite using government data to counter the film’s claims, he was subjected to online trolling and even received rape threats directed at his wife.
Challenges and Humble Success
In another instance, his video was blocked by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in September due to allegations of featuring a distorted map of the Indian-administered territory of Kashmir.
Born in Haryana and with a background in mechanical engineering from Germany, Rathee reflects on his channel’s success with humility, stating that he is surprised that such a straightforward approach can attract so much attention. Nonetheless, his commitment to providing accurate information and educating his audience remains unwavering, making him a prominent figure in the realm of fact-checking and educational content creation.
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