A viral video doing the rounds on social media claims that PM Narendra Modi had said, “Main Pathan ka bacha hun” (I am the child of a Pathan).
Various individual users have shared the nine-second clip on platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
TRUE OR FALSE?
On taking a key frame of the nine-second clip and conducting an image search, we were led to an NDTV article that showed that this video was from a rally addressed by PM Modi in Tonk, Rajasthan.
Taking this as a cue, the same rally’s full video was looked up on the BJP’s YouTube channel, which led to the finding that the nine-second video was actually a clipping of the address.
WHAT WE FOUND OUT
Addressing a public meeting in Rajasthan’s Tonk on 23 February 2019, Modi was actually referring to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s claims of being the child of a Pathan.
On listening carefully to the speech between 1:00:56-1:01:12, the full context of the comment appears clearly.
What Modi actually says is: “Aur unhone (Imran Khan) mujhe ek baat aur bhi batayi thi, ki, ‘Modi ji, mai pathan ka bacha hun. Main sacha bolta hun, sacha karta hun,’.”
“And he (Imran Khan) told me one more thing, that, ‘Modi ji, I am the child of a Pathan. I speak the truth, and perform the truth,’.”PM Modi, during public meeting in Rajasthan’s Tonk
He was talking about the Pakistan prime minister in light of the Pulwama terror attacks, where he was asking the latter to bring justice to the ones responsible for the attacks.
On going through the speech, it is clear that the video doing the rounds is merely a clipping which is being circulated without context.