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India Today misquoted Mohan Bhagwat in a tweet, deleted without an apology after being called out

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India Today tweeted an incomplete statement of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat from his interview with Vivek Magazine, completely out of context, giving entirely a wrong intent and impression behind the statement. 

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat was interview by Vivek, a Hindi magazine based in Maharashtra on October 10. In this interview, Bhagwat claimed that Muslims in India are the “most content in the world” and said this was because India, whose “inherent nature was Hindu”, had created a safe space for the members of the minority community.

India Today also published a report on this with a title, "Indian Muslims most content in the world, says RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat" quoting Bhagwat's statement. However, while sharing the report on Twitter, the media house tweeted one statement by Bhagwat completely out of context, giving entirely a wrong intent and impression behind the statement. 

While sharing the report on Twitter, India Today shared an incomplete statement by Bhagwat that he gave during that interview. In its tweet, India Today wrote, "Our Constitution did not say that only Hindus can stay here; hereafter only Hindus will be heard here; if you want to stay here, then you have to accept the superiority of Hindus," Bhagwat said."

(This tweet has now been deleted)

Here is the complete Bhagwat's complete statement which was quoted in India Today's report, "Our Constitution did not say that only Hindus can stay here; hereafter only Hindus will be heard here; if you want to stay here, then you have to accept the superiority of Hindus. We created a space for them. This is the nature of our nation, and that inherent nature is called Hindu," Mohan Bhagwat said.

Below is the video of Bhagwat's interview with Vivek Magazine in which he made the statement in question.

Clearly, the statement put by India Today in its tweet was misleading as it presented a completely different meaning. In reality, Bhagwat was telling what our constitution does not stand for, but it was presented in such a way to make it look like that Bhagwat said that Muslims have to accept the superiority of Hindus. 

Following, this a number of social media users called out  India Today for spreading fake news and also threatened to take action against them the tweet is not removed.

India Today deleted the tweet, however, they did not issue any apology for the misleading tweet.

In the interview with Vivek Magazine, the RSS chief wondered if there was any other example in the world, wherein a “foreign religion” that ruled over a country continues to exists there, even after their rule ended, making an indirect reference to the Mughal empire. “Nowhere. It is only in India". He added, “Most content Muslims are only in India.

Bhagwat said this was because India, whose “inherent nature was Hindu”, had created a safe space for the members of the minority community.

In conclusion, India Today tweeted an incomplete statement of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat from his interview with Vivek Magazine, completely out of context, giving entirely a wrong intent and impression behind the statement. 

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