Former India Today journalist, who shot to notoriety by infamously declaring an alive man dead in Uttar Pradesh’s Kasganj is back in news after he shared an edited video on AICC General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Abhijit Majumder, who now edits a right-wing website Mynation, owned by Arnab Goswami’s partner Rajeev Chandrasekhar, wrote while sharing the edited video of Priyanka, “This, in a nutshell, is how the Nehru-Gandhis ruled this nation for 70 years.”
In the video shared by Majumder, a group of children are heard shouting Chowkidar Chor Hai slogans in front of Priyanka. Soon, the group of children start derogatory slogans by using expletives against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the video that had gone viral, the video ended with Priyanka chiding them not to use expletives against Modi by saying, “Not this slogan. achche bachche bano.”
This, in a nutshell, is how the Nehru-Gandhis ruled this nation for 70 years pic.twitter.com/ZdtFh76Cm9
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) April 30, 2019
But, it appears that Majumder deliberately cut out the portion where Priyanka was seen expressing her displeasure on the children’s use of expletives to make it look like extending her approval to the use of abusive slogans.
Majumder was quickly reminded by several journalists. Journalist Rohini Singh wrote, “This is an edited video and it’s shocking that a former ‘journalist’ is propagating it. See the complete video.” ANI’s Ishaan Prakash wrote, “In the next few seconds immediately after this video ends, PGV clearly tells the children not to use such language against the PM.”
There were many others who informed Majumder that he had shared an maliciously edited video, but to no avail. Responding to Prakash’s tweet, he wrote, “For a long time when the tutored children shout ‘chowkidar chor hai’, she is smiling and playing along in glee. To do a token ‘oh don’t say it’ at the very end is a sham. It’s like prodding your kid to kick someone repeatedly and at the end smilingly say, ‘No beta this is wrong’.”
His defence of his decision to share edited video almost confirmed that his act was deliberate. This is not the first time that Majumder had faced condemnation for sharing misleading or fake news. Last year, Majumder had faced widespread condemnation for resorting to lies when he astonishingly claimed about the killing of one Rahul Upadhyay while blaming Muslims in the Kasganj riots in Uttar Pradesh.
Much to his embarrassment, Upadhyay was alive and had never gone missing. It turned out to be a dirty and dangerous campaign by him to create more riots. At least that’s how it was perceived by an overwhelming majority of sane journalists and social media users then.
Earlier this year, his website had carried a fake news claiming that a girl’s question had left Congress President Rahul Gandhi ‘dumbfounded’ during his trip to Dubai. The truth was that the girl in the photo (now deleted from the Mynation website) was of a student from Maharashtra, known as Siddhi Bagwe. The screenshot of her photo was taken from a three-ear-old YouTube video (see below), in which the little girl from St.Joseph’s High School is seen performing at her school function in Vikhroli, Maharashtra.