A viral video of a man inciting communal hatred and calling for ‘Muslim dominance’ in fields of judiciary, administrative services, police and so on, is being shared with a false claim that he is the founder of The Himalaya Drug Company.
The video, made in response to the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the subsequent onset of the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, can be traced back to a Facebook page called Naqi Ahmed Nadwi. The Himalaya Drug Company also denied the viral claim, calling it, “groundless and untrue.”
The viral video is being shared with the claim, “ We are all proud of Indian 'Himalayan Drug Company' but see the mentality of it's owner Mohammed Manal and think twice before using the products.”
The users have also called for a boycott of the company’s products.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
The man in the video is not Himalaya Drug Company’s founder, M Manal, as claimed.
A reverse image search led us to an article in the Hyderabad-based daily, Siasat Daily, carrying a screenshot from the viral video, which states that a “lawyer” has asked Muslims to ensure representation in “IT, government, law enforcement, and the judiciary,” instead of “mourning Babri demolition.”
A keyword search of the same in Urdu led us to a Facebook page, Naqi Ahmed Nadwi, which had uploaded the video on 6 August, a day after the Bhoomi Poojan.
The video was captioned, “The demolition of the Babri Masjid and the construction of the Ram Temple on its site is a turning point in the history of India. Muslims must seriously consider!” in Urdu.
On his Facebook account, Nadwi states that he’s from Sheohar, a district in Bihar.
Himalaya had also responded to the claims on Twitter. In response to one user who had shared the video, Himalaya stated that the “claims being made are groundless & untrue. We urge you not to fall for or spread baseless rumors. (sic)”
Further, an image of Himalaya Drug Company’s founder M Manal can be found on their website, which does not match the man in the video.
Mr Manal had passed away in 1986, as stated on the website.
Evidently, the man in the viral video has been misidentified as the founder of The Himalaya Drug Company.