'Mahua Moitra' the 42 year old first time MP from West Bengal's Krishnanagar was trended on every social media platform after her fiery speech on 25 June in Parliament.

Her shrill speech won twitter and  was getting praises from everywhere.

What speech was about?

She listed down the 7 'early signs of fascism' in India and while listing down this , she also pulled out the Government for 'lies' , for 'mob lynchings' etc.  

Her speech was viral for all the right reasons, however she was accused of plagiarism by Zee News in a show 'DNA' with Sudhir Chaudhary.

Both  Zee News and Sudhir Chaudhary tweeted the images of the article from where they claimed the words were 'stolen' for her speech.

Zee News and Sudhir Chaudhary

The claim that the speech was 'plagiarised' then started making rounds on social media as the speech itself was viral . The same tweet was viral by many users on Facebook and twitter.


According to the Oxford Dictionary Plagiarise is: “The practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own” .In precise words, plagiarism is an act of fraud.

Claim was that the Mahua Moitra's maiden speech was stolen from Longman’s article for "Washington Monthly".

Several users reiterated the same , a former JNU Professor and current director of Indian Institute of Advanced Study 'Makarand R Paranjape' tweeted the same.

Makarand Paranjape, on Twitter.

Plagiarised or not?

For checking this, we go through the whole video of the speech given by Mahua in Parliament and in the video at 9:12 minutes she can be heard saying, “In 2017, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum put up a poster in its main lobby and it contained a list of all the signs of early fascism. Each of the seven signs I have pointed to you, features on that poster.”

In the 10-minute long video , she can be clearly heard attributing her ideas to the original source.

Moreover, Martin Longman tweeted that Moitra is being “falsely accused” of plagiarism.


It is clear that Moitra took her 7 different warning signs from a preexisting list, but she did'nt pass them as her own ideas .

It was not plagiarised.