Fact Check: Clipped Video Of PM Modi's Speech Before 2014 Shared With Fake Claim

The Logical Fact Check team investigates the claim that PM Narendra Modi had said that a soldier dies on the battlefield because he receives a salary for it.

India   |   1 July 2020 8:56 AM GMT / Updated : 2020-07-03T18:56:07+05:30
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Clipped Video Of PM Modis Speech Before 2014 Shared With Fake Claim
A 12-second video clip of Narendra Modi has gone viral with the claim that he said soldiers lay down their lives in the battlefield because they receive a salary.

"In the battlefield, the young man goes to die, so that he gets 'salary' (Translated to Hindi)" reads the caption of the viral posts.

The video with the fake claims comes amid the escalated tensions between India and China after the violent face-off between the two armies in Galwan Valley in Ladakh on June 15.


PM Narendra Modi had said that a soldier dies on the battlefield because he receives a salary for it.

Fact Check:

The claim is False. A Google Reverse Image search led to a video on Youtube, which is the longer version of the viral clip. Uploaded on March 14, 2017, the video is titled, 'Modi speech related to tiranga yatra'. In the six-minute video, Modi starts the monologues with the same statement as in the viral clip.

The subsequent statements paint a clearer picture as to what the PM meant to say. "... a soldier in the army goes to the battlefield to die. Why, because he is paid? He doesn't go to die in the battlefield because he is paid for it...he is ready to die because he loves his motherland," Modi can be heard

Further, a prior clip of the same video, that was uploaded in 2012 can be found on Youtube. The viral video is the later part of the longer six-minute video mentioned earlier.

Since the video is on the internet since 2012, it is clear that the PM statement was deliberately edited out and posted on social media

Modi's Actual Statement On Galwan Valley Clash

On June 19, at an all-party meeting, PM Modi had said: "Neither is anyone inside our territory nor are any of our posts captured", responding to which the Congress questioned whether the PM meant Indian Territory had been ceded to China.

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Claim Review :  PM Narendra Modi had said that a soldier dies on the battlefield because he receives a salary for it.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  False
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

Bharat Nayak

Bharat Nayak

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As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Abhishek M

Abhishek M

Creative Producer

" An engineer by profession, Abhishek is the creative producer of the team, graphic designing is his passion and travelling his get away. In more ways than one, he makes the content visually appealing."

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