The extensively circulated video shows a man riding across a small wooden plank bridge. He wears a helmet and life jacket as he cycles across the water. As many people watch, we notice that some men are standing inside the river on either side, keeping banners behind them. This post is shared with a claim stating, “This is how postmaster is selected in India.”
What’s the truth?
When we started our analysis with all the screengrab from the viral video it led us to many YouTube videos on the internet.
According to the channel Sachin Bhattarai, the video is captioned as a cycle plank balance adventure game at Kapilvastu, Nepal with hashtags.
When we looked into the description box, it read “2nd CYCLE PLANK BALANCE Manik Shrestha has won the title of the second edition of cycle plank balance (a game played by making a track on water) competition. In the competition organized by the Lions Club of Kapilvastu at Rajapani, a tourist spot located in Banganga Municipality 3, he managed to win the title after taking 1 tenth and 56 seconds to cross the 52-meter track. Anis Tamang from Dharan came second. He crossed the prescribed distance in 1 minute and 25 seconds. Similarly, Subham Bhattai of Kapilvastu from Kapilvastu came third. He took 40.86 seconds to cross the prescribed distance, while Arun Aryal, came fourth.”
When we advanced our search, we found the same video uploaded on another YouTube channel which was captioned “2nd cycle plank slow balance competition in Kapilvastu Rajapani.” There were numerous competitors featured in this lengthy video, which lasted for about 23 minutes and 11 seconds in total.
All of this implies that the popular video originates in Nepal, not India as the assertion purports.
Therefore, we conclude that the widely circulated notion that postmasters in India are chosen through a cycle of competition is untrue. Additionally, this is a cycle plank slow balance competition held in Kapilvastu, Nepal, not India.