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An old video of Ravish Kumar’s Speech is shared as a recent one following Adani’s move to takeover NDTV


A video of  NDTV Journalist Ravish Kumar talking about corporate takeover, misinformation and fearless journalism is being widely shared claiming that he made these comments after Adani group acquired a 29.18% stake in NDTV. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.

Claim: Ravish Kumar’s speech after Adani Group acquired stake in NDTV.

Fact: This video shows Ravish Kumar’s speech on the topic ‘Gandhi & Dimensions of Truth’ at Manthan Samvaad in October 2017. But Adani group acquired the stake in NDTV in August 2022. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING

The background in the video shows “Dr Reddy’s presents Manthan Samvaad”. So, we searched the YouTube with these keywords and found a full-length video uploaded by ‘Manthan India’ YouTube channel on 08 October 2017. The title of the video is, “Ravish Kumar on ‘Gandhi & Dimensions of Truth’ at Manthan Samvaad 2017”. The same information is provided on Manthan India’s website.

The viral video is created by adding various small clips of the full video. For example, the first 2 minutes of the viral video is taken from 35:47 time stamp of the original video. The subsequent clips at three and four minute mark are taken from 34:32 and 35:42 time stamps respectively. Adani group acquired stake in NDTV in August 2022. But this video is from October 2017.

To sum it up, an old video is being shared as Ravish kumar’s latest speech after Adani’s acquired stake in NDTV.


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