Rahul Gandhi’s “X-ray Means Caste Census” statement is shared with different context.

Claim

Today the security guy’s foot came under the car, we asked him to get X-Ray done. X-Ray means caste census

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Explanation

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra is likely to reach Dholpur, Rajasthan, on February 25, 2024.

According to a statement from the spokesman, the yatra will arrive in Dholpur on Sunday, when Ajay Rai, the president of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee, will give the yatra flag to Govind Singh Dotasra, his counterpart from Rajasthan.

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Meanwhile, a viral video is purporting in X (formerly Twitter) of the speech of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, where we can hear Rahul Gandhi saying that today our security guard’s feet came under the car, so then told him to first go take an X-ray. X-ray means caste census.

Similar claims are widely shared and can be seen here, here, here, here, and here.

What is the Truth?

We ran a reverse search using the keyframes of the viral video, and we found and saw that the full video was posted on the official YouTube account of the Indian National Congress on February 19, 2024, with the description “Standing in Amethi, Rahul Gandhi changed the atmosphere of UP and gave an explosive speech.”

In the original video, Rahul Gandhi is heard, “how I saw on Banaras Road that youths, if they are not drinking, watch reels for 7 to 8 hours and share them, but Ambani and Adani’s son won’t watch videos, but they count money, and you (the crowd) are watching just videos (reels). Now, who is the head of BCCI? son of the home minister, who doesn’t even know how to hold a bat properly. He is managing Indian cricket. This is the ground reality. So I said that we have to take revolutionary steps; everyone has to be counted. In this country, how many people from the general category are poor and how much money do they have in their hands? In this country, how many are from the backward castes, which caste they are, and how much money do they have? How much is adivasis wealth? How much wealth do dalits have? Meaning caste census.. same like when someone gets hurt, the first thing to do is… today our security feet came under the car, so I told him that brother to first go and take an X-ray. X-ray means caste census.”

After listening to the full video, we got the clarity that Rahul Gandhi was giving an example of an X-ray for the caste census, which means a social survey is a social X-ray, but was widely shared in different context to change the narrative and mock him.

A similar example Rahul Gandhi gave during a poll rally in Madhya Pradesh on September 30, 2023, and many other videos from several other events with similar context can be seen. Rahul Gandhi giving X-ray examples as part of the caste census can be seen here, here, and here.

Conclusion

Rahul Gandhi compared taking an X-ray to conducting a caste census to give equal rights to backward classes, but his speech was falsely shared in different context.

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