Bengaluru shops’ English name board removal is falsely shared with a communal color!


By voting for Congress, you cannot use saffron color at your shop, house, temple, etc. — Karnataka* This is what happens if you vote for Congress

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The 1-minute 42-second video shows some men holding long sticks crossing roads. They use those sticks and push the name boards on a row of shops with saffron flags. This post is shared with a claim stating, “By voting for Congress, you cannot use saffron color in your shop, home, locality, temple, etc. – Karnataka.” You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

After conducting a reverse image search on the keyframes of the video, we discovered that it was uploaded on February 24 by an account called “bengalurublr.” The video was slightly short and captioned, “The Kannada Rakshana Vedike (KaRaVe) organized a massive protest and mega awareness campaign in Karnataka’s Bengaluru when they vandalized many signboards of commercial establishments with English names. After that, the police registered a case and the KaRave activists were arrested.”


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The post added, “The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) staff could be seen breaking down English name boards of shops in the city. The Palike has already closed many shops on MG Road and Brigade Road in Bengaluru that have not installed Kannada boards.”

We took this as a cue and ran a keyword search on Google, which led us to a YouTube video by India Today. The video was titled “Bengaluru’s Language War: BBMP Cracks Down on English Signboards Ahead of Deadline.”

When we looked into the description box it read, “The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the city’s civic body, cracking down on businesses with English signboards ahead of the given deadline. Despite a February 28th deadline set by the BBMP, officers claim they will continue to target shops and establishments that do not display 60% of their signage in Kannada. The report includes reactions from shop owners and highlights an incident of vandalism by BBMP marshals and pro-Kannada activists..”

All the above information makes it clear that this viral video showing many men removing the names and signboards using long sticks has no communal angle.


Thus, we deduce that the widely circulated video asserting that if you vote for Congress in Karnataka, you will not be allowed to use saffron color in your home, business, or temple is untrue and deceptive. In actuality, the video depicts men taking down English-language signboards and names.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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