Video of anti-reservation rally in Nagpur shared as protest against Modi govt

A video filmed from a moving vehicle shows a long queue of people lined up under a bridge holding banners and marching forward. The video is being shared on social media with the claim that it depicts a protest against the Modi government in the wake of rising religious discrimination in the country. The caption, along with the video tweeted by a user, reads, “People have taken rally to show to Modi government, that all religions people are the citizens of this country, no discrimination will be accepted.”. The tweet has garnered more than 1000 retweets so far.

A few other individuals on Twitter and Facebook have shared the video with a similar narrative.

Also shared with a claim of protest for Kashmir

Facebook user Enam Qureshi posted the same video with the caption, “#Save Kashmir”, suggesting that it was a protest against the government’s move to revoke the provisions of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. The post has garnered over 18,000 shares.

Fact-check

Alt News found that protest shown in the video did take place in Nagpur but it has nothing to do an agitation against religious discrimination or Kashmir. It actually depicts a rally organised on August 25, 2019, and carried out by activists and supporters of ‘Save Merit Save Nation’ forum to stage a protest against the state government’s reservation policy. The SMSN movement began as a protest against the Maharastra government’s policy to exceed the limit of reservation in education and jobs. “Thousands of men, women, youngsters and children representing general (unreserved) category communities on Sunday opposed the state government’s policy to exceed limit of reservation in education and jobs up to 74% against the ceiling of 50% fixed by the Supreme court”, stated a Times of India report published on August 26, 2019.

You can see a video of the rally posted by Twitter handle of Save Merit Save Nation.

A video report of the same protest by Awaaz India TV can be seen posted below.

In conclusion, a video of a rally held against the reservation policy of the Maharastra government in Nagpur was shared with two separate false claims. While the first asserted that the people were protesting against the rise of religious discrimination in the country under the NDA regime, the second claimed that it was a protest against unrest in Kashmir.

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