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JDU leader Ajay Alok falls for ‘UNESCO’ hoax on Indian National Anthem

Former Janata Dal (United) spokesperson Ajay Alok on Saturday tweeted that UNESCO has rewarded India again, this time declaring the Indian National Anthem Jana Gana Mana the “best in the world”.

Years ago thousands of people have forwarded this message along with joyful emojis on WhatsApp. Except for one catch. UNESCO doesn’t give out such awards.

Soon after Twitterati trolled him for putting out fake post, he later tweeted this appears to be a fake news which has been shared on WhatsApp even though it gives him immense pleasure that Indian National Anthem is being discussed across the world.

A hoax email had resurfaced in 2008 and again in 2012, before reappearing at the end of 2014 that claims that UNESCO has declared the Indian National Anthem Jana Gana Mana to be the best in the world.

Jana Gana Mana is based on a Bengali-Sanskrit poem written by Rabindranath Tagore, India’s great poet and author of pre-Independence era who had also put his poem to tune.

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