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Freedom Fighters inscribed on India Gate

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Fake news claim: A message is going viral on social media claims that “Names of 95,300 Freedom Fighters inscribed on India Gate: 61,395 Muslim, 14,480 Sikh, 10,777 Dalit, 598 Swarn and NO Sanghis !!”

95,300 Names Of Freedom Fighters Are Inscribed At INDIA Gate, New Delhi...
From Above, 
A list Of Religion And Cast-Based Total Is Given Below........😇
Proud To Be INDIAN

The post, which is in Hindi, translates to:

“There are total 95,300 names of freedom fighters inscribed on Delhi's India gate
Muslims: 61,395
Sikh: 8,050
Backwards: 14,480
Dalit: 10,777
Savarna: 598
Sanghi: 00
And some shameless people call Muslims traitor whereas their own history is about serving the British people.”

The post, in addition to the number of names of Muslim freedom fighters, also lists the numbers for Sikhs, Dalits, Savarnas, 'Sanghis' etc.

Facts Check Verdict: False

News Verification: The above post is widely circulated over the years, people sharing the news claim that out of the total names at India gate, 61,395 is Muslim Name alone. People are sharing more this news ever after the CAA protest.

The India Gate (originally the All India War Memorial) is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the "ceremonial axis" of New Delhi,formerly called Kingsway. It stands as a memorial to 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in between 1914–1921 in the First World War, in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli and elsewhere in the Near and the Far East, and the Second Anglo-Afghan War. 13,300 servicemen's names, including some soldiers and officers from the United Kingdom, are inscribed on the gate. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the gate evokes the architectural style of the triumphal arch such as the Arch of Constantine, in Rome, and is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and the Gateway of India in Mumbai.

India Gate was built as per the Imperial War Graves Commission that came into existence in December, 1917. As per the the data available on Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website, which aims to honour Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars. The website claims equality of treatment for the war dead irrespective of rank or religion

India Gate has names of 13,216 soldiers, who lost their lives in operations along the Northwest Frontier and the Third Afghan War, inscribed along its walls. Hence the claim that total of 95,300 names is wrong.

Also since India gate is build as per the Imperial War Graves Commission , there is no mention of any rank or religion, hence claiming people from any community is fake.





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