Claim: “Put together by USA students to Thank India for the supply of Hydroxichloriquin🙏👍👌
Need a salute from everyone.”
A video went viral on social media claiming that the students in the US made a video singing the Indian National Anthem thanking India for supplying Hydroxychloroquine tablets in the wake of COVID-19. The post is being shared extensively on social media.
The post was widely circulated on Facebook,
It was shared widely over Facebook,
The video was also shared widely over Twitter,
— 𝓑𝓲𝓭𝓲𝓼𝓱𝓪 (@bidishalolo) April 24, 2020
Put together by USA students to Thank India for supply of Hydroxichloriquin🙏👍👌 @Sheshapatangi @sunandavashisht @AbhishBanerj @AshishJaggi_1 @KiranKS @KirenRijiju @Sai_swaroopa @Swamy39 @TheOliveKnife @keshavab85 @jagdishbharwani @vivekshettym @mvmeet pic.twitter.com/7ImCf6Ibeq
— arsudhindra (@arsudhindra) April 22, 2020
After doing a Google Reverse Image Search of the screenshots of the video, a Facebook post dated 15th December 2019 showed up, which was posted by the name Antareep Hazarika who produced the music for the video.
He wrote, “So glad to have produced the music for @ricksha_wali ‘s “Americans Sing the Indian National Anthem for the first time” video. Still get goosebumps every time I watch this. Have a Happy Independence Day, folks. Jai Hind! 🇮🇳”
Since the post had tagged ‘Rickshawali’, we searched for her on Google and found out that she is a Youtuber, but now goes by her original name ‘Anisha Dixit.
After scanning her Youtube channel, we found the YouTube video posted on her account on 12th August 2017 with the description, “Ricksters! Happy Independence Day. On the occasion of our 71st Independence Day, I wanted to celebrate global freedom and diversity. Unity and diversity is what India is all about and so is this video. Please stand up and let’s celebrate different people from the world singing THE INDIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM. SHARE if you are a Proud Indian! 💖👊”
Hence, the claim that the US students made the video singing the Indian National Anthem to thank India for the Hydroxychloroquine tablets is completely false. The video exists from 2017 and has no relation to US students thanking India for the HCQ Tablets, neither it it is related to Coronavirus.