Was Jawaharlal Nehru Slapped By Swami Vidyanand Videh? Here’s The Truth.

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An image of the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, is going viral on social media with the claim that he was slapped by Swami Vidyanand Video in a function for calling Arya Hindu Samaj as refugees in India. Sharing the image a user wrote, “When Nehru was slapped hard on the face by Swami Vidyanand Videh.* Reason.. *Nehru said in his speech at a function that the people of “Hindu Arya Samaj” are refugees in India. On hearing this, Swami Vidyanand Videh, who was the chief guest of that function, stood up and slapped Nehru hard on the stage itself and snatching the mike said that the people of “Arya Samaj” are not refugees, they are our ancestors! And are the original residents of this country! Your own ancestors are “Arabic”, and “Arab” blood is flowing in your body. You are not the original resident of this great country! You are a refugee.” Also said that “If Sardar Patel was the Prime Minister of this country, then we would not have to see all this.” (Rare photo of the time when there was chaos on the stage, which the photographer had kept hidden in his pants with great difficulty) Today we are missing a man like Videh, otherwise this Pappu ..### 😡Videha Gatha:- from page 637″.

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However, as we investigated, we came to know that in the photo actually, security men held back Jawaharlal Nehru to prevent him from plunging into the disorderly crowd at Patna, while he was trying to restore order. Here’s the fact check.

Fact Check 

In the beginning, we conducted a relevant keyword search but found no information that Swami Vidyanand Videh slapped Jawaharlal Nehru. 

Moving forward, by conducting a reverse image search of the viral photo, we found some information. We found a report published in the Times Daily on 8 January 1962. The attached photograph was similar to the viral one and it said that security forces prevented Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru from entering the crowd in Patna. The peasants protested strongly at Nehru’s Congress party meetings. The photo was marked as AP Wirephoto.

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Next, searching for the viral photo of Jawaharlal Nehru clicked by the AP we found the original photo. It read A security man grabbed Indian Prime Minister Nehru to keep him from plunging into a riotous crowd at a meeting of the Congress Party in Patna, India, January 1962. Later in the year, Communist China’s attack on India plunged Nehru into new troubles. (AP Photo)

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Further, we conducted a keyword search to learn about Swami Vidyanand Videh and found some information on a website called Veda Sansthan. Vidyanand Videh was the founder of this institute. But we found no evidence that he slapped Jawaharlal Nehru.


From our investigation, we can say that the claim with the viral photo is misleading. This photo of Jawaharlal Nehru was taken at a Congress meeting in Patna in 1962 where he was prevented by security forces from plunging into the riotous crowd.


Title:Was Jawaharlal Nehru Slapped By Swami Vidyanand Videh? Here’s The Truth.

Fact Check By: Debanjana Baishya 

Result: Misleading

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