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Has the polio vaccine used in India from 2005 onwards needlessly caused hundreds of thousands of cases of paralysis?

This study from 2018 establishes a strong correlation between the introduction of a new version of a polio vaccine in 2005 in India and a very high number of Non-Polio Flaccid Acute Paralysis (NPAFP) ...
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Did a group of monkeys steal SARS-CoV-2 positive blood samples from a health care worker in India?

An article from Reuters claims that a health care worker in India was assaulted by a team of monkeys and robbed of the blood samples that he was carrying: LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - A troop of ...
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Was the Nazi Hakenkreuz logo based on the Indic swastika?

"Swastika" is sanskrit word for an ancient geometrical symbol, broadly used in Indic cultures. Amongst countries that were involved with World War II, it is associated with the Nazi flag, designed by ...
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Is Indo-Aryan Migration Theory true?

Indo-Aryan Migration Theory says that Aryans came to India from Asia Minor (Anatolia or Turkey) and settled in Indus valley in India and they created a caste system and Hinduism. Is Indo-Aryan ...
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Are there only 1,200-1,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India and Japan, as of March 30, 2020?

According to Coronavirus (COVID-19) map, as of March 30th there are only 1,263 confirmed cases in India and 1,866 in Japan. Meanwhile, there are already 142,000 in US, 9,661 in South Korea, and 41,...
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Was the 1971 Pakistani surrender in Bangladesh the first public surrender in history?

In 1971 India invaded east Pakistan, which ended in the "public surrender" of the Pakistani military on the 16th of December, and modern day Bangladesh is the result. Many of the articles and videos ...
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Have China and India more than doubled carbon emissions since 2000 while U.S. emissions have fallen?

The following meme has been shared circa Dec 2019 on social media and several blogs: The text reads: China's Carbon Emission Change Since 2000: +208% India's Carbon Emission Change Since 2000:...
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Were the women of Travancore, India, taxed for covering their breasts by breast size?

There are some claims regarding a weird tax which existed just over a century ago in a part of India. Several articles say that this tax existed. For example, the Economic Times: State of ...
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Did India shoot down any Pakistani F-16 on 27th February 2019?

According to DG ISPR of the Military of Pakistan, Gen. Asif Gafoor, on 27th February 2019, Pakistan Air Force's jets engaged IAF's jets and "shot down two IAF jets". On the same day, India claimed ...
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Was the debris of a missile presented by India authentic?

In February 2019, Indian officials presented the alleged wreckage of an AIM-120C5 AMRAAM missile as evidence that Pakistan used an F-16 in the shooting down of IAF jets (as only an F-16 could fire ...
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Were official poverty rates in India distorted by changes to dietary needs?

In this January 2006 episode of BBC Hard Talk, then Director of Action Aid India, Babu Mathew, was asked whether poverty amelioration is linked to economic growth in light of the fact that in 1978 ...
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Does this statue outside a school in India depict a Hindu Brahmin begging in front of Virgin Mary?

This video was circulating on social media with the following caption: At the entrance of St. Mary's H. S., Manapparai, Tiruchy, Tamilnadu, a brahmin is depicted as begging in front of Virgin Mary. ...
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Are the various claims regarding Ancient Indian Science made in the AICTE/MHRD new book “Bharatiya Vidya Sar” for a Indian Elective Course true?

This question is based on the following petition and this and this news article. Background The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has proposed a new textbook that will discuss the ‘...
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Is this meme about the former prime minister of India true?

Recently the former prime minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away due to illness. Since then this meme has been circulating on social media: Image transcript: Even America could not ...
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Did the vedas accurately describe the planetary system like elliptical orbits and Sun being the centre?

There is a book called 108 eternal truths which claims many things which have been proved wrong on this site. It makes the following claims about vedas describing the planetary system. The Vedas are ...
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What was the real reason for India pulling out of the 1950 World Cup? [closed]

There is a common claim that India refused to play with shoes during the 1950 FIFA World Cup. However it does mostly seem to be a myth. This, this and this article clearly seem to debunk this myth. ...
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Did India conduct a fake military strike across the Western border in 2016?

On 29 September 2016 Indian government claimed that they conducted a 'Surgical Strike' (military operation) across the Western border with Pakistan. Pakistan military rejected the claim ...
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Did 64,000 married Indian men take their own lives in 2012 after charges of domestic abuse?

Section 498a of the Indian penal code makes it an offence for a husband or his family to subject his wife to cruelty or harassment. Hridaya-Nest of Family Harmony is a Men's Rights organisation that ...
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Does drinking cattle urine have health benefits?

Recently, a provincial government in India has decided to promote cattle urine as a health drink: Cow urine to be promoted as health drink in Uttar Pradesh BJP government in UP prepares proposal ...
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Does India finance terrorists in Pakistan?

On February 2014, India's 5th national security advisor Ajit Doval was seen giving away speech in Sastra University saying that: ... India needs to go into the 'offensive-defensive' mode when ...
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Was the deposed Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif working for India? [closed]

The former PM of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, who was banned from Politics for life by the Supreme Court of Pakistan is widely alleged as a guy who was working to uphold Indian interest in Pakistan. “...
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Was Aryabhatta the first to invent place value system and zero?

I was shocked when I read on a blog that Aryabahatta, an Indian guy born in 476 AD discovered zero. Surely people knew about zero before that. But his greatest contribution has to be ZERO, for ...
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Did Marconi steal and patent Jagadeesh Chandra Bose's wireless technology?

https://web.archive.org/web/20161026225031/http://indiainnings.in/108Facts/marconi This is an excerpt from a books called 108 Facts eternally India As early as 1885, J. C. Bose had demonstrated ...
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Did the Indian Mathematician Aryabhata discover that the earth was round and calculate diameter of earth

Aryabhata was a genius mathematician, no doubt. But there is also the books about astronomy supposedly written by him. It is believed by Indians that he stated that earth was round. He belonged to 476 ...
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Were the BOSS Linux update servers hacked in 2015?

The Hackology Blog claims that update servers for BOSS Linux were hacked in 2015, eventually allowing access to Indian military and government servers. This website claims that: Hackers infected the ...
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Are the quotes mentioned relating to weapons similar to nuclear weapons correct translations? [duplicate]

These are some quotes by Hindus which suggest that there were mentions of nuclear weapons in Ancient India. These are copy and pasted across many sites without citing sources or telling us where it ...
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Did archeologists find radioactive skeletons in Mohanjo-daro?

There is a viral claim, copied across many web-sites that ancient people in India had nuclear weapons. Part of the evidence is another claim - that radioactive bodies were found in Mohanjo-daro. ...
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Are Indians immune to Israeli stink bombs?

Russian Television network, RT report that: An Israeli crowd control stink bomb known as the Skunk, which smells like raw sewage and rotting bodies, destined for employment in the restive region of ...
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Is the Airtel music ad the most streamed song and most downloaded ringtone?

This image was forwarded to me on Whatsapp The Airtel Music Ad composed by A R Rahman was the Most Streamed Song in the World in the Year 2005-2009. Also it is the Most Downloaded Ringtone in the ...
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Can venomous snakes be determined by these pupil, nostril and scale patterns?

This image was recently shared by an Australian Facebook friend: The source appears to be a Facebook post of a man from India with a staggering 380,000 shares from around the world! There are ...
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Did an Indian man make an airplane or flying device in 1895?

I've come across a lot of Indian sources claiming that an Indian man named Shivkar Bāpuji Talpade made an airplane or flying device in 1895. Shivkar Bāpuji Talpade (1864 – 1916) was an Indian ...
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Was Hoysaleswara Temple built with lathes?

I saw this very popular video a few days ago: Hoysaleswara Temple, India - Built with Ancient Machining Technology? Here is a related article. It claims the following If you look closely, you ...
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Was Lal Bahadur Shastri poisoned?

On 11 January 1966, the Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri passed away in office. He died in Tashkent, at 02:00 on the day after signing the Tashkent Declaration, reportedly due to a heart ...
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Are private doctor's consultation fees higher in India than the USA? [closed]

WION TV did a survey regarding the upcoming Modi-Trump meet. SPUD Cost is higher in US when compare to India. From school to college; US people spent more than India. but when it comes to ...
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Did Narendra Modi tweet this?

This post on facebook claims that Narendra Modi tweeted: Dear HSC students please don't get upset with your results. Remember i am a chai wala & Arvind Kejriwal is from IIT Kharagpur #...
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Was the Speed of Light known in 13th century India?

The following links claim that there is evidence of the correct speed of light in a Rig Veda Commentary: Quora: Did Sayana know the Speed of Light Speed of light in the Rig veda In the hymn, the ...
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Do antibiotic resistant infections kill 700,000 people a year in India?

The BBC news website ran a piece earlier this month by Dr Michael Mosley, which included the following claim: It's estimated that antibiotic-resistant infections currently kill at least 700,000 ...
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Did the first Mughal emperor of India, Babur, write love poems for men?

Sites such as this, this and this claim that Babur the founder of the Mughal dynasty and the first Mughal emperor of India wrote love poems for men. Ziya Us Salam an Indian literary and film critic ...
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Were Buddhists murdered en masse during the first Muslim conquest of India?

Lost Islamic History says: The first great expansion of Islam into India came during the Umayyad Dynasty of caliphs, who were based in Damascus. In 711, the Umayyads appointed a young 17 year old ...
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Do millions of Hindus cremate their dead relatives in the Ganga river?

DailyMail tells us: More than 100 corpses, many of them children, have been found washed up in a shallow tributary of the River Ganges. Officials do not suspect a crime, and instead believe ...
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Was the Muslim population of India in 1850, 16% of the total population?

According to http://www.kashmirherald.com/featuredarticle/indiacensus.html To put it in broader perspective, Muslim population has steadily grown from 13% in 1800 to 16% in 1850 to 20% in 1900 to ...
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Do Kaziranga National Park workers shoot and kill poachers?

Bored Panda reports: Kaziranga National Park is a story of success when it comes to conservation of rhinos – but what they’ve done to achieve it is allowing its workers to shoot and even kill ...
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Is RSS offering Rs 500000 to Muslims to convert to Hinduism?

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is a right-wing, Hindu nationalist, volunteer organisation in India. Manu Joseph posted on Facebook: 500,000 Indian Rupees is around $US7,500. A random Quora user ...
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Did Vinayak Damodar Savarkar say, “Nazism proved undeniably the saviour of Germany”?

The Shillong Times: The greatest admirer of Hitler and Mussolini was Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a leading RSS member who coined the term Hindutva and advocated reconversion of the converted Hindus ...
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Is there any evidence of Dr. Zakir Naik paying people to convert to Islam?

India Today wrote in this article: During their conversation with the SIT, Mufti made startling claims that Dr Naik extended benefits to converts. "They were formally paid and got converted," the ...
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Do Christian pastors in India pay people to convert to Christianity?

This says: 2) The Money Minded Evangelists - This is where 99.9% of today's Indian Christian Evangelists fall into. There are pastors who live in mansions and luxury, pay people to convert to ...
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Is there a Hindu cult in India that drink cow urine to cure diseases?

Dailymail.co.uk claims that A growing cult of Hindu worshippers in India claim that drinking fresh cow urine will help cure them of all diseases ... This report by Mirror.co.uk says: Many say ...
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Is Ayurvedic Herbal “Triphala Churna” helpful?

There is a common belief that ayurvedic herbs like Triphala Churna, etc. have a medicinal effect on improving the skin quality as well as body rejuvenation. JustDoc, a popular name in healthcare ...
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Is drinking water stored in copper vessels (copperware) good for your health?

It's a wide spread belief in India (Ayurveda) that drinking water stored in copper ware (like copper jugs and pots) is better for health. There's even a website about it: Dr. Copper's "Scientifically ...
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Did Krishna live?

Rudolf Otto claimed: That Krishna himself was a historical figure is indeed quite indubitable. [Source] Despite this, much of modern Western discourse ignores (or displays skepticism towards) a ...