Book Review: India Misinformed: The True Story

Fake News debunker Pratik Sinha turned author along with Dr. Sumaiya Shaikh, a neuroscientist and a science editor and Arjun Sidharth, who is a writer associated with Alt News, as they come up with this comprehensive book on Fake News in India “India Misinformed: The True Story”.

In the past few years, we have witnessed propaganda of misinformation and hoaxes disseminated through print, graphics, and social media, which have altered the social landscape of this nation. More alarming because it has led to multiple cases of lynching, mob violence, defamation, and riots. Thus it is right to say that fake news poses a serious threat to Indian democracy and its electoral policies.

This book contains several case studies including some popular fake news which are still available on various social media platforms and we often came across them. Was Jawaharlal Nehru an anti-Hindu? Was Narendra Modi declared one of the most corrupt prime ministers in the world? Is Sonia Gandhi the fourth richest woman in the world? Did Rahul Gandhi register as a non-Hindu at the Somnath Temple? With photographs to emphasize its claims, India Misinformed: The True Story presents the real picture.

The efforts of the team Alt News, a fact-checking website that debunks fake information and edited by Pratik Sinha, Dr. Sumaiya Shaikh, and Arjun Sidharth is indeed commendable and eye opener for every citizen of this country. It is a must read for everyone who cares for news and information and how they are being manipulated to feed the interest of a certain section of the society.

Book: India Misinformed: The True Story|Author: Pratik Sinha, Dr Sumaiya Shaikh, Arjun Sidharth| Publisher: HarperCollins | Pages: 270 | Price: INR 399/-