2 February 2023: Hindutva groups claim that the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, renamed Al Minhad district and its surrounding areas "Hind City" in honor of the contributions of India and Hindus particularly, to humanity.
Tweet from the official handle of BJP national spokesperson RP Singh with same claim, below is the screenshot of the same.
Another Twitter handle called Megh Updates also tweeted the same false claim, which has 1.6 million views around 39,000+ likes and 7,900+ retweets, below is the screenshot of the same.
Megh Updates is a dedicated social media unit of Hindutva to amplify Hindutva content with huge followers. Often spreads misinformation about Islam and Muslims and promotes fake news.
BJP spokesperson of Uttarakhand Anil Baluni, also tweeted the same fake claim, below is the screenshot of the same.
Anil Baluni, went ahead with adding more flavor to the fake claim attributing credit to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Modi is quite popular for his type of fake claims.
“Al Minhad city in Dubai has been renamed as 'Hind City' by PM of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Rashid. Under the dynamic leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi, India's respect, and honor have increased tremendously on the world stage”. Used Hindutva popular hashtag #ModiHaiToMumkinHai (It is possible as long as Modi is in power).
Fact Check by PTI
The order to rename the district had no relation with India, Hindus, or PM Modi, as claimed by Hindutva channels and kid adult BJP officials.
The social media posts were shared with misleading claims, this remains a popular Sanskrit saying “yatha raja tatha praja” a great Sanskrit verse is having quite a profound philosophy.
This verse is quite popular and is frequently used in conversations.
This phrase highlights that when the leader capable of making fake claims, his followers or supporters also makes fake claims. The nature and the actions of the supervisor imparts a similar change in the reactions of its followers.
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Source: Press Trust of India - PTI