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Fact check: The video of Kanhaiya Kumar shouting for 'azadi' – it’s doctored

The obviously edited video, shown on TV news as well as spreading over social media, actually has Kanhaiya asking to end social ills such as caste and hunger – not any sort of political secessionism.

Wednesday morning had the news channel NewsX and India News run a video which they claimed “exposed” Kanhaiya Kumar, president of the Jawaharlal Nehru student’s union, now in jail charged with sedition.

“Kanhaiya’s ‘sedition’ exposed on tape,” ran the blazing headline on NewsX.

As proof, the channel ran a video which had Kumar shouting slogans for “azadi” (freedom). "’Leke rahenge azadi,' he said,” accused the NewsX ticker ("we will take our liberty"). “Can Kanhaiya be saved now?”.

The NewsX report

Well, there seems to be a good chance he can, since the video that NewsX ran appears to have been doctored, as a news report on ABP news shows.

Kanhaiya was indeed asking for “azadi” but it was freedom from hunger, sanghwaad (RSS-ism), feudalism, capitalism, Brahminism and Manu-ism. The NewsX/India News video edited these words out, leaving Kumar’s claims for “azadi” open to feverish interpretation. The channel then ran the video with the subtitle: “Hear Kanhaiya’s ‘seditious’ rant”.

After this video was aired, it also made its way around social media.

Kanchan Gupta, director of the recently shut right wing portal, Niti Central shared the video. However, he later deleted this tweet.
Kanchan Gupta, director of the recently shut right wing portal, Niti Central shared the video. However, he later deleted this tweet.
Rupa Subramania, columnist for Swarajya, shared and then deleted the doctored video:
Rupa Subramania, columnist for Swarajya, shared and then deleted the doctored video: "I can't be 100% sure if KK looking for Kashmir's independence or freedom from something else. Apologies"
Journalist Swapan Dasgupta's clarification for sharing the doctored video.

Shekhar Gupta, senior journalist, shared the undoctored video and said that maybe Kanhaiya deserved an apology from the Delhi Police.

Senior journalist Barkha Dutt contextualised this with the sudden softening of the Delhi Police's stance towards prosecuting Kumar.

Further confirming that there was no evidence whatsover against Kanhaiya Kumar, the Hindu ran a report saying that the Delhi Police may have to drop the sedition charges altogether.

Watch the undoctored video on ABP news.

Update, Friday, Feb 19, 11:15pm: The allegedly doctored video had also apparently been shown on Times Now on February 17, 2016. In the video posted below, Arnab Goswami, an anchor at the channel, asks Sambit Patra, the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson to play the video on his tablet. The cameras then zoom in on the video [watch from 22:00].

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Also see: 'We have complete faith in the constitution': Watch Kanhaiya Kumar's speech hours before his arrest

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The incredible engineering that can save your life in a car crash

Indian roads are among the world’s most dangerous. We take a look at the essential car safety features for our road conditions.

Over 200,000 people die on India’s roads every year. While many of these accidents can be prevented by following road safety rules, car manufacturers are also devising innovative new technology to make vehicles safer than ever before. To understand how crucial this technology is to your safety, it’s important to understand the anatomy of a car accident.

Source: Global report on road safety, 2015 by WHO.
Source: Global report on road safety, 2015 by WHO.

A car crash typically has three stages. The first stage is where the car collides with an object. At the point of collision, the velocity with which the car is travelling gets absorbed within the car, which brings it to a halt. Car manufacturers have incorporated many advanced features in their cars to prevent their occupants from ever encountering this stage.

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CRUMPLE ZONES: Invented in the 1950s, crumple zones are softer vehicle sections that surround a safety cell that houses passengers. In a crash, these zones deform and crumple to absorb the shock of the impact. In the visual, the safety cell is depicted in red, while the crumple zones of the car surround the safety cell.
CRUMPLE ZONES: Invented in the 1950s, crumple zones are softer vehicle sections that surround a safety cell that houses passengers. In a crash, these zones deform and crumple to absorb the shock of the impact. In the visual, the safety cell is depicted in red, while the crumple zones of the car surround the safety cell.

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While engineers try to mitigate the effects of a crash in the first stage itself, there are also safe guards for the second stage, when after a collision the passengers are in danger of hitting the interiors of the car as it rapidly comes to a halt. The most effective of these post-crash safety engineering solutions is the seat belt that can reduce the risk of death by 50%.

In the third stage of an actual crash, the rapid deceleration and shock caused by the colliding vehicle can cause internal organ damage. Manufacturers have created airbags to reduce this risk. Airbags are installed in the front of the car and have crash sensors that activate and inflate it within 40 milliseconds. Many cars also have airbags integrated in the sides of the vehicles to protect from side impacts.

SEATBELTS: Wearing seatbelts first became mandatory in Victoria, Australia in 1970, and is now common across the world. Modern seatbelts absorb impact more efficiently, and are equipped with ‘pre-tensioners’ that pull the belt tight to prevent the passenger from jerking forward in a crash.
SEATBELTS: Wearing seatbelts first became mandatory in Victoria, Australia in 1970, and is now common across the world. Modern seatbelts absorb impact more efficiently, and are equipped with ‘pre-tensioners’ that pull the belt tight to prevent the passenger from jerking forward in a crash.

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In the West as well as in emerging markets like China, car accident related fatalities are much lower than in India. Following traffic rules and driving while fully alert remain the biggest insurance against mishaps, however it is also worthwhile to fully understand the new technologies that afford additional safety.

So the next time you’re out looking for a car, it may be a wise choice to pick an extra airbag over custom leather seats or a swanky music system. It may just save your life.

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