Since Monday morning, a section of people on twitter are constantly trolling Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly claiming that the government has built over 1250 crore houses for the financially deprived. Some are even making calculations on how is it possible to build 1250 crore houses for 134 crore people of India.
This alleged statement of the Prime Minister which is being circulated by some users, has become a viral on twitter.
— Connell D'souza (@connell_cd) December 16, 2018
People believed him in three states. Others to follow. Atleast he did not talk of 1250 crore houses thereby increasing India's population to 5000 crores. That is called art of lying and nobody can even match feku.
— Prakash (@Prakash14981847) December 17, 2018
In country of 125 crore people , he was chosen by 600 crore voters & has delivered 1250 crores houses
— Manoj Kumar Yadav (@itsmkyadav) December 16, 2018
A Herculean Job…Kudos to modiji ..
— nandan ganguly (@sgnandan) December 16, 2018
We at SatyaVijayi decided to dig at root of this, and the first and foremost question was, when and where did the Prime Minister make such a wild claim? A little searching on twitter exposed us to the fact that the root source of this claim was a tweet made from the official twitter handle of NDTV.
— Friends of Congress (@friendscongress) December 16, 2018
— Salim Kaskar INC (@salimkaskar3) December 17, 2018
It’s Modi goofing up with numbers once again! He claims to have constructed 1250 crore houses under his tenure. For a nation of 125 crore population and 25 crore families he’s claiming to have built 50 houses for each family! इन्होने फेंकने की सारी हदें तोड़ दी!@yadavakhilesh pic.twitter.com/peeQqGgEbx
— Frank Huzur (@frankhuzur) December 17, 2018
The NDTV tweet which was live updating Prime Minster’s Raebareli rally, quoted him as saying” over 1250 houses have been set up.” Usually when a brand like NDTV, which is situated at the top layer of Indian media’s pyramid, makes a tweet, there’s very little scope to doubt it. Yet before reaching to the final conclusion, we decided to just watch Prime Minster’s address in Raebareli for once.
Over 1250 crore houses have been set up. People have celebrated Diwali in their new homes. The houses we make will have water, electricity, gas connections and toilets: PM Modi
— NDTV (@ndtv) December 16, 2018
We watched the video several times, and on each occasion contrary to NDTV’s tweet, we heard the Prime Minster clearly saying, “ab tak desh me sava crore se jyada gharo ka nirman pura kiya ja chuka hai (till now work of over 1.25 houses have been completed).” There were no mention of building 1250 houses at all. Now this means that NDTV made out a tweet which blatantly misquoted the Prime Minister.
सच जानने के लिए विडियो देख लो एक बार ! pic.twitter.com/1z745cvVw2
— Political Hub (@PoliticalHub24) December 17, 2018
In the age of digital media, where everyone involved always remain in hurry and pressure, typing errors are not considered a sin. However, it is expected that a media house would correct such mistakes at earliest possible, so that it doesn’t create any confusion.
When several twitter users pointed out the mistake to NDTV, they instead of deleting the misleading tweet, made another one with the correct quotation, creating furthering confusion in the minds of those who had not listened to the speech itself.
Over 1.25 crore houses have been constructed. People have celebrated Diwali in their new homes. The houses we make will have water, electricity, gas connections and toilets: PM Modi
— NDTV (@ndtv) December 16, 2018
Till at this moment, the misleading tweet is still live. This raises a very fundamental questions. Shouldn’t the NDTV apologise for making a misleading tweet about the Prime Minister, which led to him getting trolled for no real reason?
In the world of media, a coma, question mark or twisting of numbers is all that makes the difference between real and fake news.