Did Rahul ask the Indian flag to be taken down? No, it’s a clipped video!

Claim

Rahul Gandhi asks India’s flag to be taken down… This is straight out of George Soros’s rule book, where he asks his protégée to insult and demean everything Indian.

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Explanation

This time, Rahul is leading a road trip that starts in Manipur on January 14 and ends in Mumbai on March 20. It’s known as the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra (BJNY). To engage in the pre-election mobilization against the ruling BJP, the Congress has decided to take to the streets before the 2024 general election.

In this case, we see a 7-second video clip showing a man standing on a vehicle. We also, hear Rahul Gandhi saying, “Flag to be removed.” This post is shared by many right-wing social media users with a claim stating, “Rahul Gandhi asks India’s flag to be taken down… This is straight out of George Soros’s rule book, where he asks his protégée to insult and demean everything Indian.” You can view related posts with similar claims here, here, here, and here.

What’s the truth?

We started our analysis with the keyframes of the viral video. This led us to the original video live-streamed by the Indian National Congress on 13 March 2024. The video was titled “BharatJodoNyayYatra Resumes from Dondaicha, Maharashtra.”

We watched this 28-minute 55-second video and found that the viral portion comes around the timestamp of 9 minutes and 58 seconds. Here Rahul asks a man from the gathering to come up near him. Then he asks his name and he says Santosh Patil.

As we watched the whole video, we realized that Rahul was asking the crowd for a stick at 11:12 seconds. Rahul then tells Santosh, that he will explain how the government uses agencies like the Enforcement Directorate (ED). After telling the people that Patil is a representative of Indians, he goes on to say that PM Narendra Modi is diverting people’s attention to several different issues.

He goes on to add that and tells Santosh to look there where Modi is seen in the sea and then asks him to see and says that Modi is now going on a seaplane, now he says Modi is in Pakistan and then China. Gandhi then alleges that Adani will rob the man’s pocket from behind while all these are going on and asks the crowd for a stick. As we watched the whole video, we realized that Rahul was asking the crowd for a stick at 11:12 seconds. Meantime, in the video, Gandhi requests a smaller stick after a few Congressmen struggle to remove the flag from the stick.

We can hear Gandhi utter the words “Remove the flag from the stick” at the timestamp of 11.17 minutes again.

This is the part that is cropped and clipped to share false and misleading information on the internet.

From the above information, it’s very clear that the viral video is edited and shared with false narratives by the right-wing parties.

Conclusion:

Thus, we deduce that the widely circulated rumor that Rahul Gandhi demanded the removal of the Indian flag was an edited video clip.

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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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