Free Press Journal

OMG! These 8 famous facts about India are actually myths


India has many stories within it and some of them are real and some of them are made up, just to fool people. There are many myths about India and people even believe in it. We get so amused or inspired that we forget to question the logic or credibility behind these tales. So, next time if anyone boasts of the following things about India, we expect you to better check out the truth!

Hockey is India’s national sport

All thanks to our school text book, which made us believed that Hockey is India’s national sport, despite Cricket being the most sought play. While a few would try showing off their knowledge by saying, Kabaddi, is in fact India’s national sport, believe none! The real fact is India has no national sport.

Hindi is the only official language of India

One more myth that Hindi is our official language. Hindi is only one of the 24 official languages of the country other languages are English, along with Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.

Gandhi danced with a British lady

 Gandhi Ji dancing with British lady. This is completely false. The man who is dancing with the lady is an actor. This photo was clicked during a party, where an Australian actor dressed up like his idol Mahatama Gandhi showed up.

Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye…”

There has been no affirmative record that MK Gandhi ever made this statement. In fact, this was used as one of the dialogues by actor Ben Kingsley, who played the lead in Gandhi. It is said that this was inspired from Matthew 5:38 of biblical verse, which says, “You have heard that it has been said, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth…”

Milka Singh looked back during 1960 Olympics

For many years Indians believed that the famous ‘looking back moment’ of Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh before finishing the 400m race at first position during the 1960 Olympics, did happen. For the records, he was running at the 5th position and in the nick of time managed to reach 4th position, he didn’t even come first.

Gandhi is not the father of the nation

He has huge respect in the heart of Indian people but Gandhi Ji is not the father of the nation. This was uncovered by Aishwarya Parashar in 2012 through her RTI at the PMO. The office notified that Gandhi has not been officially honoured as the ‘Father of the Nation’.

Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter Misa Bharti gave a lecture at Harvard

 Misa Bharti, daughter of Lalu Prasad Yadav, posted a picture of her standing on a podium of Harvard, claiming that she was invited to lecture the gathering on the Role of Youth. A Harvard spokesperson confirmed that she was invited for no such lecture.

Varanasi is the oldest city around the world

So, really believed it? There are over 30 cities according to historians, which were colonised way before Varanasi that was colonized around 1100 years BC.