Yesterday, sometime around noon, I found the following “information” circulating around Facebook.
It was unbelievable….in that I literally didn’t believe it. I knew it would take a few hours for the truth to emerge during which our eminent liberals would quickly disperse the lie all around as fast as they could before the truth catches up with them. As “evidence”, they had the following RTI provided by one Mr. Pushp Sharma:
The most damning line in there being:
“As per government policy – No Muslim candidate was invited, selected, or sent abroad”
As I said before, I literally didn’t believe it.
Of course, by evening the Press Information Bureau of the Government had caught wind of this “information”:
“The Ministry of AYUSH has noted with anguish certain mischievous misinformation being spread in certain section of media and Social media quoting a reply to an RTI by mentioning a fabricated draft as Annexure I to that letter, which has never been issued by the Ministry of AYUSH or any of its agencies….
The same forwarding letter of the Ministry has been used by a section of the media in this matter, but with a non-existent, fictitious“ANNEXURE- I”, (which has never been issued by the Ministry).
The contents regarding religion based data in the so-called Annexure- I are not only fabricated but factually incorrect also.”
I decided to do something about these liars and therefore as an informed citizen of India, I decided to file an RTM application myself under the Rajiv Gandhi Right to Misinformation Act, 2004 with the Ministry of Liberalism under the Ford Foundation. Here is what I asked in my RTM application:
A fake non-existent RTI response attributed to the Ministry of Ayush has been circulating in the mainstream media and social media, being reported on by news websites, channels and tweeted and retweeted about by eminent journalists. In this respect, I would like to ask the following questions:
Q.1. Other than fake RTIs, what are the other tools that the Ministry of Liberalism uses in its war against the Modi government?
Q.2. Does the Ministry of Liberalism circulate lies only to create Hindu-Muslim divide or does it also divide people on other lines?
Q.3. Who are the eminent liberals and news outlets who have shared the so-called RTI with the public?
Friends, I am happy to let you know that the Ministry of Liberalism was very prompt in its response. I received an email instantly telling me that my RTM request had been forwarded to the “Government” of India currently in exile in Italy. Here is the formal response from Italy:
Please find below the responses to your questions in order:
A.1. Besides fake RTIs, the Ministry of Liberalism also uses fake journalists, fake news stories, fake intellectuals and fake academics in its war against the Modi government.
A.2. Besides Hindu-Muslim divide, the Ministry of Liberalism also takes a leading role in organizing Dalit vs Savarna wars, Jat quota wars, Patidar and Kapu quota agitations across the country.
A.3. In Annexure-I you will find a list of the eminent liberals and news outlets who have shared the fake RTI with the public.
- The Wire: http://thewire.in/2016/03/12/its-official-policy-under-modi-that-muslims-will-not-be-hired-as-yoga-teachers-24596/
- Shri Nikhil Wagle
- Ms. Ranjona Banerji
- Shri Samar Halarnkar
- Ms. Kavita Krishnan
- Huffington Post India
- Janata ka reporter
- Ms. Swati Chaturvedi:
And the Annexure-I from the Ministry of Liberalism ended with this one damning line:
“As per liberal policy, no facts were verified and lies were spread“