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Old video passed off as Vedic chanting in White House on the first day of newly elected American President.

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A post with a video of two men chanting Vedic shlokas in White House is being widely circulated across social media platforms with a claim that these Shlokas are being recited on the first day of office of new American President. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.

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Claim: Vedic chanting in White House on the first day of office of the new American President.

Fact: The video actually shows Vedic chanting which was organized as part of the annual conference by Hindu American Seva Communities in White House back in 2014. The chanting has nothing to do with the first day of office of the newly elected President. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.

Google search with the keywords ‘Vedic slokas chanting in white house’ led us to a 2014 YouTube video which carried visuals similar to the one in the post. The text on this video reads ‘Hindu American Seva Communities Conference @ White House Oct 2, 2014’.

Taking a cue from the YouTube video, further Google search with relevant keywords led us to the website of Hindu American Seva Communities (HASC). According to the information available on the website, HASC is organizing a conference every year during the first week of October in the White House since 2011. However, there is no information related to the event is available since 2015. The information available from the YouTube video and the website proves that the Vedic chanting which can be seen in the video in the post was part of the annual conference which took place back in 2014 and the chanting has nothing to do with the first day of office if the newly elected American President.

In the light of the recently held Presidential elections of the United States of America, posts like the one in the post are being circulated on social media with misleading claims.

To sum it up, the video shows Vedic chanting as a part of the annual conference by HASC back in 2014.

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