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A detailed analysis of Nageswara Rao’s hateful antics on social media

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Originally from Jayashankar Bhupalpally district of Telangana, M Nageswara Rao is a retired IPS officer. He has been the former director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He describes himself as an autocratic Hindu and a contemporary writer in his Twitter bio.

Nageswara Rao, a resident of Jaishankar Bhupalpally district of Telangana, is a 1986 batch officer of the Indian Police Service of Odisha cadre. He has served as Additional Director General of Police in Odisha Police and as CBI Chief of Chennai Zone. He has been considered very close to RSS leaders.

Is he an orthodox Hindu?

Nageshwar Rao describes himself as an autocratic Hindu. But a look at the Twitter timeline reveals that he is a staunch orthodox Hindu while being an autocrat. His tweets and some articles point to this. He can be seen as a staunch supporter of Hindutva. He considers Chandranath Basu to be the mountain of Hindutva. He says that Hindutva did not gain much prominence until Vinayak Damodar Savarkar proved it in his essay ‘Essentials of Hindutva’ in 1921-22. Savarkar, however, conceptualized Hindutva more as a socio-political ideology, which was very different from Chandranath Basu‘s concept.

Nageswara Rao’s tweet
Articles on Swarajya by Nageshwar Rao

Does he spread hatred?

On perusing Nageswara Rao’s Twitter timeline, we found that he spreads hatred against Muslims and Christians. For this he also makes false and misleading claims. Several fact checks done by our team attest to this fact.

Claim 1:

On October 13, 2021, she posted a photo of a woman in a hijab, with a placard making derogatory remarks about the Muslim community, intended to spread enmity between the two sects.

Rao’s tweet

Fact Check

A simple reverse image search led us to the original photo posted by University of Mary Washington students campaigning against racism and stereotyping. The image posted by Rao has been changed to the original image, in fact “I am a Muslim but I am not an Arab”.

Original image of woman

Therefore, this image is fake.

Claim 2:

On September 13, 2021, he reposted a video of a temple being demolished in Karnataka. Claimed that only temples are being demolished in Karnataka but mosques and churches are all intact.

Nageswara Rao’s tweet

Fact Check:

However, this claim is misleading. According to media sources that we have noticed, in Karnataka an order was passed to demolish 6,395 buildings illegally existing in the state. Religious considerations were not made. However, this angered those who accused the government of destroying only the temples and nothing else. This has also proved to be false.

Issue clarified in an article by Print

Claim 3:

On 2 October 2021, Rao posted an article about Mahatma Gandhi saying that the article will make you lose faith in Gandhi and stop people from considering Gandhi as the Father of the Nation.

Rao’s tweet on Gandhi

Fact Check:

The article contains baseless criticism of Gandhism along with “quotes” made by Gandhi. Relying on whataboutism and Strowman arguments, the article attempts to convince readers that everything that was claimed for Gandhi is bogus.

The quotes listed in the article have been provided with most of the sources coming from indiafacts.com, a conservative website that relies on legends, rumors and myths rather than documented history.

Hence this claim is also misleading.

Apart from this, he has recently made some tweets. Which is against Muslim and Christian community.

Nageswara Rao’s tweet
Nageswara Rao’s tweet

Is he against the constitution and secularism?

On perusing Nageswara Rao’s Twitter timeline, we found that he is also opposed to the Constitution and secularism. He believes that secularism has constitutionally, legally and officially invalidated indigenous Hinduism.

Nageswara Rao’s tweet

In another tweet, he writes that #Pseudo-Hinduism has changed #ConstitutionDay to reaffirm the unshakable belief in the divine book of the Constitution and the belief in pseudo-secularism. It is similar to the Christian sermon and the Islamic tabligh that grinds people to reaffirm their faith in their respective theological books and beliefs.

Nageswara Rao’s tweet

Is he disillusioned with the RSS and the BJP?

Nageswara Rao has been considered close to RSS leaders. But for the last few days, he can be seen opposing the RSS and BJP leaders. In his tweets, he uses #PseudoHindutva, #PseudoSecularism, #FakeHindutva, #CrookedHindutva, #BhagwatmuktRSS, #RSSmuktBharat to oppose RSS and BJP leaders.

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Nageswara Rao’s tweet
Nageswara Rao’s tweet
Nageswara Rao’s tweet
Nageswara Rao’s tweet
Nageswara Rao’s tweet

Data Analysis of M Nageswara Rao

  • Post Timeline

The graph below shows the post timeline of M Nageswara Rao. This graph shows that Nageswara Rao was not very active from 21 September 2021 to 31 October 2021.

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  • Wordcloud

Below is the wordcloud of the tweets done by M. Nageswara Rao. Which tells us what words Nageswara Rao has used maximum number of times.

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  • Top accounts mentioned

The top accounts mentioned by Nageswara Rao include – Mangeshwarrao followed by Ritu Rathore and then Narendra Modi.

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  • Hashtags used:

The most frequently used hashtags by Nageswara Rao include #pseudohindutva with the most usage of 52 times, followed by #devioushindutva and #equalrightsforhindus with 15 and 13 times respectively.

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  • Top followers

Top followers of M Nageswara Rao include Adammilstein, Asit Kumar Modi, JSKGopi, etc.

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  • Verified followers

This graph shows all the verified followers who follow Nageswara Rao on Twitter. Including Adammilstein, Santosh Ranjan_, Varun KumarIPSTN etc.

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  • Quoted Tweets

The most cited tweets by Nageswara Rao include M Nageswara Rao himself with 63, Ritu Rathore and Swararajan 8 and 7 times respectively.

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  • Network Graph

This network graph includes all accounts that M. Nageswara Rao interacts with or has mentioned, replied to, or retweeted.

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Digital Forensics, Research and Analytics Centre (DFRAC) is a non-partisan and independent media organisation which focuses on fact-checking and identifying hate speech. With the popularisation of the internet came the challenge of information overload and often times, our feeds are overpopulated with conflicting, incendiary and false information which is increasingly becoming difficult to ignore and not believe in

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