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Dhruv Rathee

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Dhruv Rathee is an Indian-origin YouTuber and social media activist[1] known for his political commentary.[2][3][4][5][6]

Dhruv Rathee
Dhruv Rathee.jpg
Personal information
Born (1994-10-08) 8 October 1994 (age 26)
ReligionHindu atheist[8]
YouTube information
Subscribers3.9 million[9]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers


Rathee completed his schooling in Haryana. He obtained his mechanical engineering bachelor's degree in Germany where he also completed his master's specialized in renewable energy. He is currently pursuing bachelor's in European Economy and Business Administration.[8][10]


In 2014, Rathee released a music video on his channel, titled "BJP Exposed: Lies Behind The Bullshit", targeting Narendra Modi's government that had been elected earlier that year. In 2016, Rathee earned online visibility after he "debunked" YouTuber Ajay Sehrawat's claims of Arvind Kejriwal's "ineffective" administration. Rathee said, "When I saw people sharing Ajay Sehrawat’s videos without checking the facts, I realised the need to present actual research in front of them so that they understand the truth." Rathee continued to criticise Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Modi administration in his videos, but appeared to approve of Kejriwal.[11]

Rathee released a series of fact-checking videos on his YouTube channel covering various topics including 2016 Uri attack, 2016 Indian Line of Control strike, 2016 Indian banknote demonetisation and Gurmehar Kaur row. He launched Pee News, a satire "fake news" segment, in which he criticised BJP and Hindutva politics. He started a series called The Dhruv Rathee Show in which he continued to be critical of the central government.[11]

Since 2017, he has been writing opinion columns for ThePrint.[12]


In March 2020, Rathee claimed on Twitter that Modi sold 170,000 hectares of "most dense forests in India" to Adani Group. He deleted the tweet after Adani Group threatenedcorrect and malicious claims".[13]

In one of his videos in June 2020, Rathee called the Black Lives Matter movement's name as "biased", claimed that it "favours blacks", and compared it to the feminist movement's name. He was heavily criticised on social media for his comments.[14][15]


  1. "'Fake news' friend arrested". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  2. "Poulami Nag to Dhruv Rathee: The YouTubers India subscribes to". The Indian Express. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  3. "#BBCRiverStories: बिहार की राजनीति में कितनी अहम है जाति?". BBC News हिंदी (in हिन्दी). 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  4. "WATCH: Popular YouTuber breaks down Delhi political standoff between Arvind Kejriwal and L-G Anil Baijal - Politics News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 2018-06-19. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  5. "Gauri Lankesh's Final Editorial: 'In the Age of False News'". The Wire. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  6. https://www.febzed.com/youtube/who-is-dhruv-rathee-how-much-he-earn-from-youtube/
  7. "The Year Indian Comedians Took Politics Seriously". The Wire.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "From 'practising Hindu atheist' to 'All Lives Matter': Who exactly is Dhruv Rathee?". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  9. "INTERVIEW | 'Persistence and patience are the hallmarks of success': YouTuber Dhruv Rathee". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  10. "Space for media freedom rapidly shrinking in India: Dhruv Rathee". DW.COM. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Ghosh, Devarsi. "Meet Dhruv Rathee, the 23-year-old YouTuber whose videos are infuriating Modi's admirers". Scroll.in. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  12. "Dhruv Rathee, Author at ThePrint". ThePrint. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  13. Halarnkar, Samar. "In an ancient land, a forest's impending destruction threatens India's future". Scroll.in. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  14. "Slammed for saying 'All Lives Matter', Dhruv Rathee compares 'liberals to BJP supporters'". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 9 June 2020.
  15. Gupta, Dyuti (8 June 2020). "Dhruv Rathee And The Privileged's Perspective on Black Lives". SheThePeople TV. Retrieved 9 June 2020.

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