Fact Check: This Letter Attributed To Home Ministry Is Fake; Here’s The Truth

A letter allegedly issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs is doing the rounds on social media. The subject of the letter reads, “Need to avoid the use of term “Hindu” in respect of Indian in official communications and conversations.”

The caption of the post read, “SC,ST,OBC के जिन व्यक्तियों को अपने कट्टर हिन्दू होने का अभिमान हो, वे गृह मंत्रालय भारत सरकार के इस पत्र को ध्यान से पढ़ें जिसमें लिखा है कि हिंदू का मतलब गाली गलोंच”

(Translation- Those people belonging to SC, ST, OBC who are proud of being staunch Hindus, should read this letter issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, in which it is written that “Hindu” is an abusive word)

Here’s the link to the above post. Find a similar post here.

We found that the post was circulated last year as well and is being recirculated again.

FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.

Firstly, we noticed that the government letter in question has multiple grammatical and spelling errors.

We then checked the official websites of the Ministry of Home Affairs but did not find any such circular.

Upon further investigation, we found a tweet by the Press Information Bureau, the nodal agency of the Government of India, dated January 17, 2020.

In the tweet, PIB has clarified that the viral post is fake.

Hence, from the above fact check, it is clear that the post in circulation is FAKE.

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