New Delhi, July 1: In what could be termed as an embarrassment to the Narendra Modi Government's Digital India push, reports are now claiming that former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's wikipedia page was tampered with.
In the edit, Information about Jawaharlal Nehru and his father Motilal Nehru were, reportedly edited by an IP (Internet Protocol) address belonging to the government-owned National Informatics Centre (NIC).
According to @AnonGoIWPEdits, the Twitter handle of a software that tracks anonymous Wikipedia edits, the edits made on June 26 said Nehru's grandfather Gangadhar Nehru was a Muslim.
'Jawaharlal Nehru' Wikipedia article edited anonymously from a Govt. of India IP address: https://t.co/tHNhyHd8nm— Anon GoI WP Edits (@AnonGoIWPEdits) June 26, 2015
These edits, which were later deleted by volunteer Wikipedia editors, had said: "Gangadhar was born as a Muslim by the name of Ghiasuddin Ghazi but changed his name to a Hindu Ganga Dhar to escape British clutches."
Details of Jawaharlal Nehru's alleged "affair" with Edwina Mountbatten, the wife of India's first governor general, Lord Mountbatten, were also added on his Wikipedia page.
Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala sought PM Narendra Modi's reply in this matter.
"There was an attempt to alter the Wikipedia pages of first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, former president of Indian National Congress and his father Pandit Motilal Nehru and his father Pandit Gangadhar Nehru..." said Surjewala.
He further added, "What makes the case even worse that this was done from a government ID. What is even more intriguing and sinister is the fact that this attempt was done not only from a government ID and Internet Protocol with government address but was done from NIC, the National Informatics Centre or the software solution provider of Government of India."
Wikipedia page on late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi was also altered on the same day.
The issue could be termed as an embarrassment to the Modi Government because the controversy cropped up on a day when PM is going to launch his ambitious Digital India programme.