A video of Rahul Gandhi explaining Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of Satyagraha is being widely circulated. In this video, Rahul Gandhi can be heard saying the meaning of Satyagraha is ‘path of power’. Sharing the video, the post tries to mock Rahul Gandhi for not knowing the meaning of Satyagraha. Through this article let’s fact-check the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of Rahul Gandhi explain the meaning of Satyagraha as ‘path of power’.
Fact: In an attempt to explain Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of Satyagraha, Rahul Gandhi slips his tongue and explains Satyagraha as ‘path of power. However, he soon corrects himself saying Satyagraha is ‘path of truth’. Only the part where Rahul Gandhi fumbles is being shared mocking him for not knowing the meaning of Satyagraha. Hence, the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.
Google search with relevant keywords yielded the complete video footage of Rahul Gandhi’s speech from which the viral clip is extracted. This viral video is extracted from Rahul Gandhi’s speech at Congress party’s 85th plenary session held at Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
According to this video, while explaining the idea of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha, Rahul Gandhi in Hindi says Satyagraha’s means ‘सत्ता के रास्ते को कभी मत छोड़ो’ , which loosely translates to ‘never leave the path of power’).
However, he soon corrects himself and says ‘सत्य का रास्ते कभी मत छोड़ो’, which loosely translates to ‘never leave the path of truth’.
Following this, he takes a jibe at RSS & BJP and says those people are ‘सत्ताग्रही’, while we congress people are ‘सत्याग्रही’. Thus, from this video, it is evident that though Rahul Gandhi fumbled initially, he soon corrects himself and explains the correct meaning as path of truth. However, the viral video only carries the bit where Rahul Gandhi fumbles and mocks him for not knowing the meaning of Satyagraha.
To sum it up, clipped video of Rahul Gandhi is being shared mocking him for not knowing the meaning of Satyagraha.