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Has India invaded any country in the last 10,000 years?

There is a common claim that India hasn't invaded any other country in the past 10,000 years. It has been repeated in chain mails and various web-sites: Example, Example. India never invaded any ...
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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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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 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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Was this Indian from British India the first to strike Berlin during World War I?

This article (since deleted, backup here) came to my eye recently. The article glosses over the exploits of a citizen of British India who, purportedly, rose from utter obscurity to becoming an ace ...
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Are “Hitler” brand ice cream cones sold in India?

A number of recent articles (Daily Mail, Fox News, Hindustan Times) describe ice cream cones being sold in India which are labelled as "Hitler" distinctly on their boxes. If you think the Nazi ...
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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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Does black magic work?

In India, a large number of people believe in black magic. Black magic is the belief of practices of magic that draws on assumed malevolent powers.This type of magic is invoked when wishing ...
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Do certain Indian beggars earn in excess of INR 50k per month?

The below image has been circulating on Facebook on and off, it says that rich beggars earn 50-130k per month Is this number substantiated by any concrete data? For context, 1 lakh = 100k 1 Crore(...
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Was most of western yoga invented in twentieth century?

Was almost everything (excluding "seated meditation posture") in western yoga invented in twentieth century? Wikipedia, for example, states that yoga: originated in ancient India And does not ...
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Did Gandhi sleep naked with girls when he was elderly?

I was reading the news and I saw these news articles about an elderly Gandhi sleeping with naked girls. So, I wanted to confirm and found many sources. However I was unable to find the original ...
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Is the United Kingdom funding forced sterilization in India to combat climate change?

The claim is made here: Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money have been spent on a programme that has forcibly sterilised Indian women and men [...] Yet a working paper published by the ...
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Did Switzerland declare a “Science day” in honour of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam?

Recently, I saw a post on Facebook, of this image: The caption is: May 26 is celebrated as Science day in Switzerland in honour of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, because on that day, Kalam visited the ...
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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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Was the official language of the Union of India selected by a single tie-breaker vote?

This answer in Yahoo Answers claims: Hindi has been declared in the Constitution of India, as the official language of the Union of India. It is also one of the 23 languages recognised under the ...
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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 ...
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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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Was the ancient Indian city of Mohenjo-daro destroyed by a nuclear weapon?

This Youtube video of the History Channel documentary Ancient Aliens, Season 3 Episode 9 makes the claim that the ancient Indian city of Mohenjo-Daro was destroyed by a nuclear weapon, and that the ...
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Are Indian temples placed on sites where “positive energy is abundantly available”?

I originally found this claim in a Facebook post: Now, these temples are located strategically at a place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic and electric wave ...
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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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Did Adolf Hitler offer to make Dhyan Chand a Field Marshal in the German army?

There is a popular story about Indian field hockey legend, Dhyan Chand, and his encounter with Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Here is one randomly selected version of it: Nazi dictator ...
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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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Did ancient Indians invent guns, lasers, radars and nuclear weapons?

I found this site which claimed that Ancient India was an extremely advanced civilization whose technology equaled & in some cases even surpassed current technology. None of the claims have ...
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Did an Indian baby spontaneously combust 4 times?

I was just reading the "news". There's a story going around about a baby in India who has spontaneously combusted 4 times. The story has turned up in numerous "news" sites around the globe. "A ...
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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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Did India's population decrease “by 80 million between 1000 and 1525” CE?

Daniel Pipes reports: Koenraad Elst , the german historian writes in "Negation in India" ..Indian (subcontinent) population decreased by 80 million between 1000 (conquest of Afghanistan) and ...
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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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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 polygamy allowed for Hindus in the state of Goa, India, if there is “no children or no male child”?

Usman Qazi wrote in a Quora post: I was just reading about Hindu Family Law in the state of Goa, India, under which polygamy is allowed in case of there being no children or no male child. I ...
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Can we solve most blindness by cadaver donation?

India's total population 118 Crores1. Daily Death - 62389 Daily Birth - 86853 If Daily Dead People Donate their Eyes, within 11 Days All Blinds will be able to see Then in India there will be ...
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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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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 Gandhi supporters block trains by lying down in front of them?

Many websites and history books report that (example ) but I couldn't find any documentation of the time (photos, newspaper articles, etc...)
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Was the combination of yoghurt and honey called “the food of the gods” in ancient Indian records?

From Wikipedia's article on yogurt: In ancient Indian records, the combination of yogurt and honey is called "the food of the gods". All that the provided reference states is: Whatever the real ...
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Is this Indian Man, Mûrasi, 179 years old?

This guy claims that he is 179 years old. Is this true? Sources: eface India News Origin World News Daily Report
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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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Did soldiers of Alexander's army settle in Malana?

Malana is an ancient Indian village in the state of Himachal Pradesh. You can read more in Wiki page. It is believed that the people live there are descendants of Greek soldiers of Alexander's army. ...
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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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Are (former Australian Prime Minister) Tony Abbott's Indian Facebook likes fake?

Source Hey Tony brah... Hahve [sic] you been buying Facebook likes? ... Either thaht [sic] of [sic] you're really popular with 18-34 year olds from New Delhi. Are the Facebook 'likes' Abbott ...
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Is eating food with your bare hands more tasty?

In India, it has been a tradition to eat food with (washed) bare hands instead of using a knife, fork, spoon or chopsticks. Family and relatives re-iterate that it's tastier to eat with bare hands. Is ...
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When is the origin of Datura in India?

The abstract for this paper on PubMed, Historical evidence for a pre-Columbian presence of Datura in the Old World and implications for a first millennium transfer from the New World says, Datura (...
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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 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 British officers in Egypt use Indian soldiers to translate all radio messages into Hindustani?

I'm not entirely sure how notable this claim is. But a popular Tweeter named WW2 Tweets from 1941 made the following claim: British officers in Egypt now using their Indian soldiers to translate ...
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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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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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Did a soldier fight off 40 train robbers?

The Art of Manliness website reports Bishnu Shrestha, who had just retired from the Indian army where he served as a Gorkha soldier, held off a horde of robbers that tried to rob a train in India. ...
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Was “Gangadhar Nehru” a pseudonym, which he adopted after 1857?

Read about this here The Nehru–Gandhi family is a political dynasty, that has been dominant in Indian politics through the Indian National Congress party for almost the entirety of India's history ...
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Is the same hep C medicine available for 900$ in India and 84000$ in the United States?

This is the pill that cures Hepatitis C India: $900 America: $84,000 This is what happens when big pharma has bought all your politicians Are these numbers accurate?