Fact Check: Did Talent Show Contestant Rap About Ongoing Farmers’ Protest? No! The Video Is Old

A video of a rapper focusing on farmers’ struggle is being shared on social media with a claim that a contestant in an MTV show took up the issue of farmers’ agitation.

“किसान आंदोलन के समर्थन में किस किस पर मुकदमा ठोकोगे…..?? अब MTV पर भी मुकदमा ठोको सरकार! मिस इंडिया कॉन्टेस्ट के बाद एक बार फिर से गूंजा किसान आंदोलन का मुद्दा MTV पर, जजों ने स्टैंडिग ओबिएशन दी है….,” the Facebook caption read.

(Translation- How many supporters of the farmers’ movement will you sue? Will the government sue MTV as well? After the Miss India contest, once again the issue of farmer agitation has been highlighted on MTV, even the judges gave him a standing ovation)

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NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found that the video in circulation is old.

We extracted keyframes of the video using InVid Tool and then put the keyframes through Reverse Image Search.

We found the same video published on YouTube by Abstract TV dated November 9, 2019. The title of the video read, “#EPR Tobe Ekla Cholo Re Rap | #Farmer_Life | #ABSTRACTED_TV #Heart_Touching_Rap |”.

As per the description, the contestant EPR performed the rap song ‘ Tobe Ekla Cholo Re’ on the MTV show Hustle.

With that information, we did a Google search using the keywords and found the video on EPR AKA Santhanam Srinivasan Iyer‘s verified Instagram profile published on October 15, 2019.


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The Times Of India also covered the rapper’s performance in a report dated October 18, 2019.

However, when we looked for media reports on the latest farm laws which have triggered the ongoing protests, we found that the three agricultural bills were passed in the Parliament in September 2020.

  1. The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020
  2. The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020
  3. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020

The timeline of the Farm Bills 2020 (Source: The India Forum /PIB)

  • June 5, 2020 – The Government of India promulgated three ordinances relating to agricultural marketing that represented a fundamental reorientation of the existing regulatory framework.
  • September 14, 2020 – Ordinances brought to Parliament as legislative bills for discussion, approved during the Monsoon session.
  • September 17, 2020 – The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill passed in Lok Sabha.
  • September 20, 2020 – Bills passed in Rajya Sabha too.
  • September 27, 2020 – The bills received presidential assent and were notified in the gazette, leading to the ongoing farmers’ protest.

From the timeline, it is clear that the ordinances were promulgated in June 2020 but the video has been in existence on the internet before that.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the post in circulation is misleading.

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