Fact Check: No, Priyanka Gandhi Was Not Drunk At The March To India Gate
The Logical Indian Crew India
January 31st, 2019 / 6:36 PM
Image Credit: India Today
The recent entry of the newly appointed All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Priyanka Gandhi in politics has created waves across political circles and in a video which is being widely circulated on Facebook, it has been said that she is in an inebriated state. Several people are assuming that she often makes public appearances while she is drunk.
India Today reported that this video is nine months old, and the context is completely false. At the last count, the 15-second-long video was shared by over 6,200 people, and Priyanka looks furious in it.
“Think what you are doing, those who want to push can go back home,” Priyanka can be heard saying as she loses her calm.
The caption with the viral video claimed that the Congress may rely on a woman who makes public appearances drunk, but the country will not.
The incident, however, had taken place on April 12, 2018, when a midnight march was led by Rahul Gandhi at India Gate to protest against the Kathus and Unnao rape incidents. Priyanka Gandhi also took part in the march, along with the children. During the march, an unruly crowd pushed Priyanka and her children from behind, which made her furious. A report on the same by The Financial Express showed her in the same place wearing the same blue kurta.
A tweet by ANI also shows that people are being misled by creating a wrong context to the video.
WATCH: Priyanka Gandhi gets angry at the candlelight march, says 'Nobody will push each other. You should know the reason for which you are here. If you cannot behave go home. Now, all of you will silently walk till there' pic.twitter.com/Hlu9cSKOJG
— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2018
Reportedly, the Delhi Police too had a difficult time managing the frenzied crowd, and some people had come inebriated and crossed over the barricades. The chaotic crowd had also brought traffic in the area to a standstill.
The Logical Indian take
As citizens of the country, we have a certain responsibility. While trolls and parody accounts have taken the responsibility upon themselves to share as much false information as possible, it is our responsibility to differentiate between what is true and what isn’t, while making others aware about the issue too.
Creating or sharing fake news is never justified. We have a responsibility to verify everything that we post on the internet. To ensure that our national debate is healthy and well-informed, each and every one of us has a responsibility of treating what we read with a pinch of salt, a spoonful of doubt, and a flood of research.
Written by : Sumanti Sen
Edited by : Poorbita Bagchi