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Fact Check: Actor Satish Shah’s Claim of Holding the 1942 National Flag is Absolutely False!

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Actor Satish Shah shared a photo on Twitter, posing with the national flag. He went on to claim that the flag was from 1942. However, the internet got him right.

The actor, who has worked in sitcoms like ‘yeh jo hai zindagi’ and ‘Sarabhai vs Sarabhai’; and is also best known for his roles in films like “Jaane bhi Do Yaaro” (1983), “Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi”(1984), “Main Hoon Na” (2004), “Kal Ho Naa Ho” (2003), “Fanaa” (2006) and “Om Shanti Om” (2007).

On the eve of India’s 75th Independence Day, the actor tweeted, “The very same TIRANGA DHWAJ my mother had got during Quit India Movement 1942.” The claim that the flag belonged to the period of Quit India Movement was way too much!

However, the internet disagreed with Shah’s claims about the flag and pointed out a grievous discrepancy. Netizens corrected him by explaining that the flag did not even exist in this form in 1942. For a change, netizens were swift this time to act as fact-checkers themselves!

“Who will tell him, this flag didn’t exist, in this form, in 1942?” a user wrote. “A little bit of research & due diligence would have saved you the embarrassment of being proven wrong,” said another.

In 1942, there was a charkha instead of Ashok Chakra in the middle of the flag. A few days before India became independent on 15 August 1947, a modified version of the Swaraj flag was chosen. The tricolor remained the same – saffron, white and green; but there was no blue wheel with spokes in the middle.

References: Twitter, India Today

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