It’s so sad to see how easily people believe anything they read on internet and now on Facebook when it comes to our nation. When some people tried to insult our national anthem saying that it was written in praise of King George V (not true), we believed them. And now when someone says that India’s national anthem has been chosen as the best national anthem by UNESCO, we happily believe that too.
UNESCO is not setup to select the best national anthem. First of all, every nation’s National Anthem is the best for the citizen’s of that nation. If UNESCO did the comparison, it is extreme stupidity trying to compare national anthem of UN member nations.
Now, Why I think it is a Hoax
If UNESCO made any such announcement, shouldn’t there be a notification on their website? Unfortunately there is no such thing reported on UNESCO’s official website. Even if you try searching the archive on their website, you won’t find any information related to this. Neither India’s nor any other country’s national anthem has been announced as the best national anthem on UNESCO’s website- not now nor in the past.
If UNESCO had declared India’s National Anthem as the best in the world, don’t you think it would have received wide media coverage in India and around the world? You do not the likes of IndiaTV and Aaj Tak Right? also, Do you remember reading any such thing in newspapers?
Also a while back there was an email doing rounds with the same message, India Today sent out an e-mail to UNESCO to verify this claim. This is the answer they got from UNESCO:
“We are aware of several blogs in India reporting this story, but can assure you that UNESCO has made no such announcement concerning the anthem of India or any country”
Read the full article here
But before we blame anyone for starting this rumor let’s look at ourselves. Aren’t we equally responsible for spreading rumors? Do we ever think about the authenticity of a message before forwarding it to our friends or posting it on Facebook?
Reminds me of a Famous Quote:
A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on it’s Pants On
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