Prime Minister Modi refers to Hindutva as a ‘card to play the election game’.
In the 13-second viral clip, we can hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling Hindutva a ‘card to play the election game’. Also, the Prime Minister looks more young in the interview. He was heard speaking in Hindi stating, “Hindutva.. ye, chunavi khel khelne ke liye ek tash ka patta hai.”
This can be loosely translated to, Hindutva as a ‘card to play the election game’. The same post was shared by many social media users with similar mocking claims that can be seen here, here, and here. Come, let’s check the authenticity of this viral claim.
What’s the truth?
We analyzed using each and every keyframe of the viral clip and located the original extended version of the interview posted by Zee News. The video is 14 minutes and 24 seconds titled “Deshhit :PM Modi Interview With Zee News | 1998 | Hindi” uploaded on 17 September 2022. This confirms the video is old and from 1998. In the description box of the video, they mentioned, “Today is the 72nd birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi has done many such things in his political life which are constantly in the headlines. In this report, watch 24-year-old Narendra Modi’s interview with Zee News.”
Here we can hear Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking about ‘Hindutva’ exactly around the timestamp 10 minutes and 27 seconds.
This proves that the viral clip is extracted from this 24-year-old video. In the interview, PM Modi can be heard saying the same lines that appear in the viral claim. However, to the contrary, the viral video’s claim, PM Modi is heard saying in Hindi as, “Hindutva …ye, chunavi khel khelne keliye ek tash ka patta nahi hai.” This when translated means, “Hindutva .. is not a card to play the election game.” Here, the word ‘nahi’ has been carefully removed from his interview speech and is circulated with false claims.
This clearly proves that the speech of PM Modi has been edited and shared on social media with false information.
Therefore, we conclude with the available evidence that the viral claim stating PM Modi’s speech about ‘Hindutva’ as a card to play the election game is false. In reality, he has said that “Hindutva .. is not a card to play the election game.” Here the word “not(nahi)” has been edited and removed from his original speech and circulated with false narratives.