An infamous Twitter handle @squintneon posted a video of CPI’s Begusarai candidate Kanhaiya Kumar and alleged that the young politician said that Hanuman set fire to Lanka because somebody else’s wife was disrespected. “Hanuman doosre ki bibi ke apmaan ke liye Lanka jala diye,” read the first sentence of the tweet, which subsequently termed Kumar’s alleged statement “anti-woman and anti-Hindu”. @squintneon, run by state social media in-charge of ABVP Assam, Manas Jyoti Sharma, added that people like Kanhaiya Kumar are the ones who stand and watch when women get raped or molested. @squintneon attempted to portray that Kumar disregarded a deity in Hinduism.
“Hanuman doosre ki bibi ke apmaan ke liye Lanka jala diye” – Kanhaiya Kumar
This is not just Anti-Hindu rant but Anti-women as well. these are the people who stand & watch when women gets R*ped or Molested.
sums up the kind of cretins contesting elections pic.twitter.com/YFhFgTiBfd
— Chowkidar Squinty🌈 (@squintneon) April 29, 2019
The 25-second clip was soon picked up by other social media users.
The statement ascribed to the CPI candidate was not uttered by him. This is apparent if one watches the 25-second clip. Kumar did not say “apmaan (disrespect)” but said “apharan (kidnap)”.
His complete statement is – “दूसरे की पत्नी जो है उनका अपहरण हुआ उसके लिए लंका जला दी. और यहाँ हनुमान जी के नाम पे अपने देश के लोगो का घर जला रहे है. (Hanuman ji burnt Lanka for another man’s wife and here, in the name of Hanuman ji, the houses of our own people are burning.)” Upon searching for videos of Kumar with the keywords – “Kahnaiya Kumar Hanuman speech” – we found that this particular speech is at least a year old. Kumar was talking about the appropriation of Hanuman, who has now become a prominent symbol of Hindutva.