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Fake News Alert : Gyanvapi Controversy Remained Highlight of the week!

Here are five fake news stories that went viral from the Kisne Feka corner- Kitna Sach, Kitna Jhooth!


  • Images of Nandi from the Gyanvapi mosque!
  • Hindus rejoiced after the Gyanvapi controversy!
  • Shivalinga Images from Gyanvapi mosque!
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A couple of Hindu religious structures images went  viral across social media, linking them to the Gyanvapi controversy. There were several other media reports, and some turned out to be fake news.

Therefore, five fake news stories went viral from the Kisne Feka corner.

Images of Nandi from the Gyanvapi mosque!

Kisne feka: The viral claim implies that the figure of Nandi is located in Varanasi, facing the alleged Shivalinga in the Gyanvapi mosque.

Foolproof: The viral claim is false. The viral image is not related to Gyanvapi Mandir. The photograph was published on Shutterstock’s official website on August 1, 2011. According to the description, the Nandi Bull statue is part of the complex of Kashi Vishweshwar temple in Wai, Maharashtra. It is situated at the confluence of the Krishna and Venna rivers. There is a Nandi bull statue within the main temple shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Shivalinga Images from Gyanvapi mosque!

Fake news: Another image of an excavation site claiming that temples containing a ‘Shivalinga’ were destroyed, and a mosque had been built on top of it, alluding to the Gyanvapi controversy.

Foolproof: In a report of WION published on May 28, 2020, the information detailed how the Archaeological Survey of India had discovered a 9th-century era monolithic sandstone Shiva Linga. The Shiva Linga was excavated at My Son in Quang Nam province of Vietnam. The discovery was made as part of the ongoing conservation project at the Cham Temple Complex, Vietnam.

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted about the discovery and affirmed the report.

 Hindus rejoiced after the Gyanvapi controversy! 

Kisne feka: Video is of a celebration amongst Hindus after people claimed that Shivalinga was found inside the Gyanvapi Mosque.

Foolproof: Viral Video is of Majira Damroo Juloos in Varanasi. It is almost three years old and has nothing to do with the Gyanvapi controversy.

 HDFC celebrated Ramadan but not Hindu festivals!

Fake news: Images of men praying and celebrating Iftar have gone viral across social media with a communal angle. Several claims are viral across social media that aim to inflame communal tensions. The viral posts claim that only Islamic festivals are permitted to be celebrated in the HDFC Barabanki branch, while Hindus are ignored.

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Foolproof: The viral claim is false. Alt News contacted a senior bank official at HDFC Barabanki who confirmed that other religious celebrations are also held there and invited customers of all faiths. In this case, the Hindu employees in the bank joined the Muslim customers on the bank premises for the iftar feast. The bank employees did all the preparations for Roza Iftar.

 Delhi government ordered to refund Muslim students school fee

Kisne Feka: A claim about the Delhi government has gone viral across social media. The Kejriwal government allegedly ordered private schools in Delhi to refund Muslim students two years of school fees. This post has been shared in context to show that AAP is appeasing the Muslim vote bank.

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Foolproof: The viral claim is false. A report by Times Now Hindi states that under the order by the Delhi Government, students from the Scheduled Tribes, Minorities, Scheduled Castes, and Other Backward Classes in the classes 1-12 are guaranteed tuition fee refund. The goal is to provide good education at a low cost. After increasing the fees arbitrarily, the government took the measure. After this circular, private schools were made to lessen the increased fees.

According to the official website of the Delhi Minorities Commission, Minority Communities, as per the Act, are Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Christians, Buddhists, and Parsis. For eligibility, the student’s family income should be less than three lakhs, and they should be a resident of Delhi.

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