“An average Indian man spends his days following women on social media, putting his hopes into sports teams and leaving his dreams in the hands of a politician that doesn’t care,” read the quote that was falsely attributed to Mahindra, who is an active Twitter user with a following of over 8.5 million.
The screenshot shared by Mr Mahindra shows that the quote was uploaded on an Instagram page called “start_upfounder”.
“As a colleague told me: ‘It looks like it’s hunting season on you with miscreants on the internet’,” Anand Mahindra, 66, said while sharing the quote. “Another completely fabricated quote falsely attributed to me. I’ll be taking legal action,” he continued.
Mahindra added that he would “post the 2 memes to the right, below, whenever I spot more fakes!” The first meme is a picture of the industrialist himself along with a caption: “I never said that”. The second is a still from Jolly LLB in which actor Arshad Warsi says “Kaun hain ye log? Kahan se aate hain (Who are these people? Where do they come from?”
As a colleague told me: ‘It looks like it’s hunting season on you with miscreants on the internet.’ Another completely fabricated quote falsely attributed to me. I’ll be taking legal action. Meanwhile, I’m going to post the 2 memes to the right, below, whenever I spot more fakes! pic.twitter.com/9DPM5k0Kde
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) November 21, 2021
His tweet has racked up nearly 10,000 ‘likes’ since being shared. In the comments section, followers offered other ways and suggestions of dealing with fake news:
Sir, everytime you faces such fake posts.. Just reply by this meme pic.twitter.com/AKblEPgX0N
— Tony સતર્ક (@TonySatark7) November 21, 2021
Sir you @anandmahindra & @RNTata2000 are already with many quotes widely used as whatsaap Good morning messages for all the 40+ year old uncles in all regional languages ???????????? https://t.co/7tXhWtXAoI
— Dr.Rakesh Maloth (@DrMaloth) November 21, 2021
From following you on Twitter & reading your Tweets & knowing of your philanthropic nature & kindness to all, I can’t believe anyone would even think to write such nonsense & put your name to it. Good on you for calling them out.
— Susan McClure (@susantwonz) November 21, 2021
Anand Mahindra had previously called out a fake quote in September, calling it the downside of social media fame. Only a day later, another industrialist took to Twitter to flag a wrongly-attributed quote. Ratan Tata, the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, took to Instagram to clarify that he had never advocated for “liquor sales through Aadhaar cards”, as the false quote suggested.
With inputs from NDTV