Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia page edited from govt IP address

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 01, 2015 17:07 IST

A Twitter account called @AnonGoIWPEdits has claimed that someone from a government of India IP address made malicious revisions to Jawaharlal Nehru's Wikipedia page.

The revisions claimed that Nehru's grandfather, Gangadhar Nehru, was a Muslim, and also alleged that Nehru was born in a red-light area in Allahabad. The revisions were changed back to the original text in just minutes, but you can check out Wikipedia's revision history page to see the complete list of edits.

When Hindustan Times verified the IP address that made these changes on whois.domaintools.com, it turned out that the IP address in question belongs to the government-owned National Informatics Centre (NIC).

But, said Pranesh Prakash, policy director at the Centre for Internet and Society in a report, all this shows is that the IP address was provided by the NIC and nothing more. "It isn't clear as to who all have access to the NIC network, so it's difficult to pinpoint the exact person who did this," he said. Prakash is also the person responsible for creating the @AnonGOIWPEdits Twitter account.

According to a report, similar edits were also made to Wikipedia pages for Jawaharlal Nehru's father, Motilal Nehru.

The alterations elicited strong reactions from the Congress.

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