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Viral lies: exposed

Misinformation through Whatsapp forwards —videos and photos — spreads like wildfire. Here is our compilation of fake Whatsapp videos that went viral and the reality behind these distorted facts

What was shown: A clipping is viral on social media stating it as a real footage of Swami Vivekanada’s famous speech delivered at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893. The 2 minute 26 seconds video, a recreation of Vivekananda’s actual speech, is being shared with two captions – in Hindi and English. The English caption reads, “A very rare video dated 13 Sept 1893 of Swami Vivekananda who delivered a spell bound speech in the Inter National All Religion Summit.” But the scene is from the movie ‘Vivekananda by Vivekananda’ produced by Beehive Productions.

What was shown: A disturbing video from Bihar of a man viciously assaulting another for murdering his friend, is viral claiming that a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader lynched a man after he refused to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’. The video from Bhabhua in Kaimur district of the state shows a person lying on the street in an unconscious and bloody state while his attacker kneeling across his torso hits him while chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram.’ In other videos online, the man also jumps on the other lying in an unconscious state. But police who said that the man getting beaten is Bhavani alias Shahid and the man beating him has been identified as Uttam Patel, both of whom are criminals. The Superintendent of Police said the incident is not communal in nature and it was personal fight caused by shooting dead a friend of one of the criminals. The police said that all three including the deceased Singh are known criminals in the area.

What was shown: A horrific video of a young woman set ablaze by a mob has been posted on social media with the implication that the incident took place in India, and is the handiwork of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Pakistani politician Aitzaz Ahsan tweeted in Urdu which translates to. The RSS terrorist organization occupied the whole of India, controlling them from the film industry to the Indian Army. And yet so much grace on them, even our media groups speak their language.” The tweet has been retweeted over 2400 times so far. in Urdu, rather loosely translates to. But the video is old, and not from India. The incident had occurred in Guatemala in Central America.

What was shown: A set of images has been posted on social media with the claim that these represent the submerged city of Dwarka on the western coast of India. “Shri Kishna’s Dwarka, The sunken city in Gujarat. As described in the Mahabharata. It is real yet the Christian world says there is no proof!”, reads the message posted along with the photos. But all the photos are unleartec to Dwarka and have been taken from different parts of the world.