Indian history is huge and complex. Many a times we just believe whatever we get to hear as history. A lie spoken a hundred times becomes a truth and flows down from one generation to another. Here are ten lies that became viral and people actually believed them!
1. Hockey is the national sport of India.
Let’s just blame the textbooks that said hockey is the national sport of India. India does not have a national sport.
2. India was rejected from FIFA 1950 because the players wanted to play barefoot.
Four teams backed out FIFA 1950 and then India got its chance, but the AIFF found this a costly affair and there was hardly any chance of winning the match against Italy. Hence, it blamed the FIFA for rejecting the players who wanted to play barefoot. It was just to avoid embarrassment.
3. Milkha Singh looked back during the 400m race at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
People talk about Milkha Singh and the 1960 Rome Olympics. They say that he looked back during the 400m race but in reality he was not winning the race. He came fourth.
4. Indian railways has the world’s largest employee base.
This is not true. Though it employs a huge number of people, it definitely does not have the largest employee base.
5. Mahatma Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind”.
There is no evidence that Mahatma Gandhi spoke these words. This quote is a direct lift from the Bible — the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament, to be exact. Gandhi wasn’t picky about his plagiarism. He is often credited with having said something about turning the other cheek, which is a direct lift of something Jesus said in the New Testament. You gotta hand it to the man, Gandhi could sure put his own spin on things.
6. India became a secular nation in 1947.
The word ‘secular’ was included in the preamble when an amendment was made in 1976. The Supreme court, however, has always claimed that India became a secular nation in 1947.
7. Varanasi is the the world’s oldest inhabited city.
Varanasi is one of the most inhabited cities in the world but not the oldest one. There are many other cities that existed long before Varanasi.
8. Hindi is the national (official) language of India.
India does not have any official or national language. This is just another lie.
9. This is Mahatma Gandhi dancing with a British lady.
This image was circulated by Gandhi haters claiming that this was Mahatma Gandhi. This was, in fact, an Australian actor impersonating Gandhi for a party.
10. India’s national anthem was named the best anthem by UNESCO.
A fake mail got issued under the name of UNESCO and went viral in 2014. It was just another hoax.