Kanhaiya ‘sedition’ video which went viral, aired on TV, may be doctored

On Thursday, two TV channels, India Today TV and ABP News, aired programmes which sought to prove that the video was doctored.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 19, 2016 1:13 pm

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A video that showed JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar shouting slogans, purportedly for the freedom of Kashmir, could have been doctored. The video went viral on social media and was aired on some TV news channels.

On Thursday, two TV channels, India Today TV and ABP News, aired programmes which sought to prove that the video was doctored. They showed what could be the original video which had different slogans.

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BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had played the video during a TV debate as “clinching evidence” of Kanhaiya’s “anti-national” activities on the JNU campus. The video showed Kanhaiya at a rally, shouting slogans endorsing freedom for Kashmir, including “Hum lekar rahenge… azaadi.”

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While ABP News showed footage of the “original video”, on which audio was allegedly superimposed, India Today TV showed three videos: the one which is now believed to be fake, the “original” Kanhaiya video and a third video in which the audio of unidentified people shouting slogans for freedom of Kashmir was superimposed.

According to the ABP News programme, Kanhaiya made no reference to Kashmir in the “original video”. In the video, he is seen outside the JNU administration building with a group of students. He chants what he wants freedom from and the crowds respond with ‘azaadi’.

“Bhukhmari se… azaadi. Sanghvad se… azaadi. Samantvad se… azaadi. Punjivad se… azaadi. Brahmanvad se… azaadi. Manuvad se… azaadi. Hum lekar rahenge… azaadi. Tum kuch bhi kar lo… azaadi. Hai haq humaari… azaadi. Hai jaan se pyari… azaadi.

Dangaiyon se… azaadi (Freedom from hunger. Freedom from Sangh. Freedom from feudalism. Freedom from capitalism.

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Freedom from Brahmanism. Freedom from Manusmriti. We will get freedom. You do what you can. It is our right. It is dearer than life. Freedom from rioters).”

Asked about the video he showed on a TV channel, Patra said, “I was showing a video that was broadcast on another TV channel. I do not know whether it was a real or a fake video. That is for an investigation to prove.”

On Wednesday, some news channels had aired the video, now believed to be fake, and claimed it “exposed” Kanhaiya, catching his “sedition” on tape.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Feb 19, 2016 at 4:33 am
    This the level of Conspiracy the BJP/RSS and their Progeny Organisations can Play against their Opponents... Doctor Videos and Photos and create a Hue and Cry and till truth is eshtablished the Person has had enough to Surrender towards them in submission... What arenthey doing to the Nation? They made a Student Arrested on a Serious Charge like Sedition on a Fake Video???
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      Barb.Aryans
      Feb 18, 2016 at 11:04 pm
      Doctored. Otherwise why should it take so many days to air?
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        Babu
        Feb 19, 2016 at 3:23 am
        These days propaa video clips are made in movie studios just watch the Dustin Hoffman move wag the dog
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          Jay
          Feb 19, 2016 at 4:47 am
          If you are such a fool to not understand the ploy by paid media like this then you Indians deserve the rule of Manmohan where India was charred by billion dollar scams and you deserve to be slaves of the Nehru family ...It's a shame that 1.2 billion Indians can't find a leader for PM and if somebody is trying to then all of them try to bring him down. Indians are best suited to be ruled by white skinned people. Look at the pathetic logic fellow Indians are giving. Krishna should be hanged nothing less. If not I urge the soldiers to stop protecting India and let these people face terrorists and then you guys teach them freedom of expression
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            Jay
            Feb 19, 2016 at 4:48 am
            f you are such a fool to not understand the ploy by paid media like this then you Indians deserve the rule of Manmohan where India was charred by billion dollar scams and you deserve to be slaves of the Nehru family ...It's a shame that 1.2 billion Indians can't find a leader for PM and if somebody is trying to then all of them try to bring him down. Indians are best suited to be ruled by white skinned people. Look at the pathetic logic fellow Indians are giving. Krishna should be hanged nothing less. If not I urge the soldiers to stop protecting India and let these people face terrorists and then you guys teach them freedom of expression
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            MyTake
            Feb 19, 2016 at 2:01 am
            Those who are claiming something fake they might be able to give more information. Need to interrogate them about their sources and authenticity.
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              MyTake
              Feb 19, 2016 at 3:49 am
              JNU better converts itself into a trade union centre. It got all the logistics to become a trade union rather than an University!
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                MyTake
                Feb 19, 2016 at 1:04 am
                Investigate all the videos/news articles and charge those who are doctoring. Unique opportunity to set an example in this area of doctoring.
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