Factcheck: Venkaiah Naidu Used Fake Quote to Claim Ambedkar Opposed Article 370
It is considered highly unusual for a sitting president or vice-president to weigh in on a contemporary political controversy. However, M. Venkaiah Naidu may have crossed two Rubicons when an op-ed he wrote defending the Modi government’s move to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special constitutional status attributed a fake quote to Dr B.R. Ambedkar – one that does not form part of the official record of his statements and was actually produced by a top RSS leader in 2004.
Like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah, Naidu seemed anxious to claim that Ambedkar, a key drafter of the constitution, would have approved of the government’s decision to de-operationalise Article 370.…
In other words, the actual source for the quote Vice President Venkaiah Naidu used was the RSS leader Balraj Madhok and not even Busi or Bhonsa. Incidentally, Madhok’s version of Ambedkar’s words came decades after the latter’s death in 1956.…
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