Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi on December 22, where he tried to clarify doubts surrounding CAA and NRC.
During his speech, he said “Hate me if you want, but don’t hate India”. This comment went viral for all the wrong reasons. Many on social media compared Modi’s comments with that of Adolf Hitler’s long while ago.
— India Today (@IndiaToday) December 22, 2019
A video of Hitler speaking in German, with English subtitles says, “I know who is hating me. Hate me if you wish, but don’t hate Germany”
I know who is hating me. Hate me, it is your wish but do not hate Germany — Hitler Hate me if you want but do not hate India — Narendra Modi
Posted by Vishwa Deepak on Monday, December 23, 2019
This video is shared virally on Facebook and Twitter.
This video was even shared by filmmaker, Anurag Kashyap, a day later with a hashtag #urbannazi
But the translation by way of subtitles is totally inaccurate
Maria Wirth, a German author who lives in India, replied to Kashyap’s tweet pointing out that the translation was inaccurate and il-conceived.
Ms. Wirth wrote that Hitler was speaking about a completely different topic, He was talking about ‘going amidst people’ and ‘help them and help them again and again’.
Completely WRONG translation. Completely different topic. Why you @anuragkashyap72 put out lies?
It's about GOING amidst people… help them and "immer wieder zu helfen" help them again & again.@PMOIndia@HMOIndia @narendramodi @AmitShah @rahulroushan @republic #StandwithModi https://t.co/lIGuLJ6tx2
— Maria Wirth (@mariawirth1) December 23, 2019
Pronto, Kashyap deleted his tweet.
When performing reverse image search using the key-frames extracted from the video, we found few websites showing the archived versions of the speech.
The description of the archived video says the Führer addressing volunteers and officials, including Hermann Goering, Joseph Goebbels, and Martin Bormann, gathered for the opening rally of the annual Winterhilfswerk (Winter relief project), in Berlin’s Deutschlandhalle. The hall is decorated with Nazi symbols and swastikas on the side walls. Hitler delivers an impassioned speech with gesticulations.
Therefore, the claim that PM Modi’s remark coincides with that of Hitler’s remark is FALSE. The translation of the video obviously does not match with the speech of Hitler and is just an attempted fabrication to compare Modi with Hitler in a malicious way.