For a while now, a recurring forwarded pop-up graced our inboxes reportedly declaring Indian national anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ as the world’s best anthem by UNESCO. Unfortunately, the most praised proud moment for every Indian turned out to be a viral hoax.
As per reports, the message started taking rounds since 2008. Reportedly it was a ploy to ‘increase membership’ in an online group called MumbaiHangOut in the Yahoo Groups.
Meanwhile, several media houses reached out to UNESCO to verify the news. Sue Williams, Chief, Editorial, Press Relations and Unesco Courier, Bureau of Public Information, UNESCO, debunked the ‘announcement’.