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Fact Check : Old video from Hyderabad falsely shared as India hoists tallest tricolour at Wagah border

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The viral video is from Hyderabad when a 108 X 72 feet large Indian flag was hoisted on a 291 feet tall flag post in 2016.  The flag at Attari (near Wagah border) does not hold the world record. 

A video of the Indian National flag hoisting ceremony is getting viral on social media. The video shows a 120 X 80 feet large Indian National flag being hoisted on a 360 feet tall flag post at Wagah border in Punjab. It is being claimed that it holds a world record.

A Facebook user name The Hindu Warriors posted the 30-seconds long video with a caption "New Indian flag at Wagah broader 360 ft hr. Cost Rs3.5Cr, 55 tons steel, 60 lac rent for a crane to install,120 ft width 80 ft ht national pole. The flag pole is 350 ft ht 110 ft thick, 12 flags are in spare. This is a world record. Pak raised objection but this is erected in our land which is 200.mtrs inside the zero Punjab civic bodies minister Mr. Anil Joshi has taken the initiative n Mr. SumerSingh BSF IG participated in it. Pakistan Rangers raised objection over the installation of the flag and regarding this, they have conveyed their message to BSF".

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In our Investigation, we found that the viral claim is false. The video was taken at Hyderabad when a 108 X 72 feet large Indian flag was hoisted on a 291 feet tall flag post in 2016 and, is not related to flag hoisting at Wagah border.

After doing reverse image research on Google of keyframes of the video, we found that the same video was uploaded by many Facebook users in January 2017 with the claim that the video is from Tank Bund in Hyderabad. 

We also found the same video on a YouTube page name Online Publicity published on June 2, 2016, with a caption "CM KCR Hoists Largest Indian Biggest Flag in Hyderabad". 

The flag was hoisted on June 2, 2016, in Hyderabad's Sanjeevaiah Park by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Telangana's second formation day. The 291-foot tricolor flag measuring 72 X108 feet which cost Rs 3 crores to make. The flag hoisted in the video was then in 2016 the second tallest national flag in the city.

In 2017, India hoisted the 360-foot tallest tricolor in the country measured 120 feet in length, 80 feet in breadth, at the Attari border, in Punjab. Before this, the title of the tallest national flag in India belonged to a 293-foot-high tricolor that was hoisted in Jharkhand's Ranchi.

Later, in 2018 beating the record of  Attari, the largest flag in India was hoisted at Belagavi in Karnataka. The flagpole erected at Fort Lake is 361-feet tall, one foot more than the one in Attari.

However, it is to be noted that the list of tallest and largest Indian flag keeps on changing with many States trying to install the tallest and the largest flag to break each other's record.

According to some media reports,  in 2019 that a 380 feet tall flag post will be coming up at Meerut Waleedpur village. 


According to the Guinness World Records, The tallest unsupported flagpole measures 171 m (561 ft) and was erected by Jeddah Municipality & Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) (both Saudi Arabia), in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on 23 September 2014. The largest flag flown measures 2,448.56 m² (26,356 ft² 13 in²) is in Sharjah. 

In conclusion, the viral claim that the Video of the Indian tallest and the largest flag being hoisted at Wagah border in Punjab is false. Ther viral video is from Hyderabad when a 108 X 72 feet large Indian flag was hoisted on a 291 feet tall flag post in 2016.  The flag at Attari (near Wagah border) does not hold the world record. 


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