Fact Check: Man Criticising Former PM Nehru Over ‘Hinduism Not Being Taught In Indian Schools’ Is NOT A UK Minister

A video of a man criticising former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru over his education policy is being shared on social media with a claim that he’s a UK Minister. The man also expresses his concerns over Hinduism not being taught in Indian Schools.

In the video, this person can be heard saying, In the UK, I can teach Hinduism at every school I like, private, public whatever…In India, for some very weird reason, they decided to take Hinduism out of the syllabus. You can’t teach Hinduism in a single Indian school. And how did this come about? I will be very blunt and honest on camera. This came about with the compliments of Nehru. This foolish man thought Hinduism should be taken out of the syllabus as its a secular world. In India, which is supposed to be a secular nation, they took Hinduism out of the syllabus.”

“He is Muslim minister in UK (I am told so), look what he says….very surprised. Spare a minute and watch,” the post read.

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK

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

We ran a keyword search and found the same video on YouTube, uploaded on February 28, 2017. The video was titled, “Why Hinduism not taught to Indian children?”

The video was uploaded by Hindu Academy, an organisation based in Britain that promotes Hinduism in UK schools. We noticed that one of the tags in the video said #JayLakhani, so, we ran another search based on that.

We found out that Jay Lakhani was a theoretical physicist, a global speaker and the first Hindu tutor at Eton College, UK. Lakhani, who has authored many books such as ‘Hinduism for Schools’ (2005), ‘Primary Hinduism’ (2006), ‘Special Times: Hinduism’ (2009) and ‘A Journey Through Life in Hinduism’ (2010) passed away on December 4, 2020, at the age of 72.

We found multiple videos on the Hindu Academy YouTube channel where Lakhani was featured. The videos can be seen here, here and here.

A video of his was also present on the YouTube Channel of TEDx Talks with the title, “Spiritual humanism | Jay Lakhani | TEDxLoughborough.”

Hence, we can conclude that the man in the video is NOT a UK Minister and hence the post in circulation is false.

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