Fake audio claiming to be Lakshmi Mittal’s commentary on Indian politics viral on WhatsApp

An audio file is circulating on WhatsApp in the name of United Kingdom-based steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal. India-born Mittal is Chairman of ArcelorMittal, world’s largest integrated steel and mining company. The speaker in the audio file can be heard airing his views on topics like PM Modi, secularism, Hindu identity of India, and Ram Janambhumi. The file has been circulated with the message – “This speech was given by Mr Laxmi Mittal (second biggest steel manufacturer of India.)”

Here are a few statements from the audio clip:

“It was Nehru’s fault to have declared India as a secular country. Today 99% of the politicians are bending backwards to appease the minorities.”

“Who the f*** cares if we are a secular state or not.”

“He is the one PM we have had who thinks of India first and we are accusing him because he is a Hindu.”

“Ram Janambhumi has been hanging fire for 350 years. Can you imagine the same thing happening in Rome?”

“Hindus are one community that has been subjugated, humiliated, massacred.”

“India was left behind because British ruled us at a time when industrial revolution was happening the world over.”

“When they have found a messiah in Modi, why is everyone up in arms?”

The full audio clip can be heard here:

A number of readers have forwarded the clip to Alt News to verify if the comments were indeed made by Lakshmi Mittal.

Fake audio clip

There are a number of clues in the clip that give away the fact that Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman of the ArcelorMittal group, is not making these statements.

To begin with, the voice and the accent in the audio do match with the available samples of Lakshmi Mittal’s voice.

There are other clues that point out that the speaker is not Lakshmi Mittal.

The person in the audio narrates:

My grandfather was one of the second largest steel manufacturers in the country after Tatas. And we were so heavily restricted by the British government, not to allow, not to manufacture more. We were not even allowed to manufacture screws and nails which used to be imported from Sheffield and Manchester and Bristol.” He further says, “I have friends in UK and Germany. I worked for 3 1/2 years in Munich.”

The family’s steel business was established by Lakshmi Mittal’s father, Mohanlal Mittal post-independence and there are no records of his grandfather running India’s second-largest steel company during British rule. According to the listing of the Mittal family in Forbes richest families list, Mittal’s father Mohan Lal started the family’s steelmaking business in the 1950s. Facing constraints at home, he sent Lakshmi to Indonesia in 1976 where he set up a plant.

Moreover, an official handle of ArcelorMittal has itself has clarified that the speaker in the audio file is not Lakshmi Mittal.

It is clear that the audio clip is being circulated with a false narrative in an attempt to give it credibility by portraying it as views of one of the most successful businessmen in the world.

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