A video of the former chief minister of Maharastra Uddhav Thackeray calling referring to Aurangzeb as his brother, is being shared on social media. The post’s description in India translates to ‘ Aurangazeb was my brother’, said the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackrey‘, alluding to that Thackeray was referring to the Mughal emperor. Let’s fact-check this claim through this article.
Claim: A video of Uddhav Thackeray calling Mughal emperor Aurangzeb his brother.
Fact: The viral clip is an edited version of Thackeray’s entire speech, which he gave on 19 February 2023. In the full version, he talks about a soldier named Aurangzeb, who was kidnapped and killed by militants in Jammu and Kashmir. Hence the claim made in the post is False.
We performed a keyword search on YouTube to find the full version of the viral clip. This led us to a video uploaded by ‘ABP MAJHA.‘ Titled ‘Uddhav Thackeray Full Speech: नाव आणि चिन्ह गेल्यानंतर ‘मोगॅम्बो खुश हुआ’, रोख अमित शाहांवर’ This was uploaded on 19 February 2023. At 15:02, he talks about a soldier named Aurangzeb, who militants in Kashmir killed in July 2018.
He says, ‘was he not ours or not? Who sacrificed himself for the country… His name was Aurangzeb. He was a mulsim but sacrificed his life for our country; was he not my brother? He was my brother.‘ More details about the Martyred soldier late Aurangzeb can be found here and here.
To sum it up, a clipped video of Uddhav Thackeray’s speech is being shared with a claim that he called Mughal emperor Aurangzeb his brother.