WebQoof Recap: Of Farmers Protests & Old Modi-Ambani Image Revived
Here’s a quick recap of all that misled the public this week.
From misinformation around farmers’ protest refusing to die down in the third week of the agitation to an old image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Reliance’s Mukesh Ambani being revived with a claim that PM Modi went to visit Ambani’s newly born grandson, here’s a quick recap of all that misled the public this week.
1. 2014 Image Revived to Claim Modi Visited Ambani’s Newborn Grandson
The image was used in the backdrop of the farmers’ protest to take a dig at PM Modi saying that he went to meet Ambani’s grandson but hasn’t met the farmers yet.
Upon conducting a reverse image search, we came across an article by Financial Express that was published in 2014 and was titled as: ‘PM Narendra Modi at inauguration of HN Reliance Foundation Hospital.’ The article carried a gallery of images, one of which was very similar to the viral one.
While comparing the two, we found that the viral image is a mirrored version of a 2014 picture when PM Modi had inaugurated the HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai.
2. No, Indian Railways Hasn’t Been Sold to Adani; It’s Just an Ad!
A viral video showing an advertisement of Adani Wilmar’s product, Fortune Atta, on a train has gone viral with a false claim that the Indian Railways has now been taken over by business conglomerate Adani Group.
This comes amid allegations by the protesting farmers that the new farm laws, which the government maintains give farmers the freedom to sell their crops to anyone, were made to favour Adani and Ambani.
The video was also shared by Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra without providing the full context.
We found that the Fortune Atta ad on the train engine, in the viral video, is part of the Indian Railways’ bid to generate Non-Fare Revenue (NFR) and does not indicate the ownership of the train. Several other brands like TATA Steel, Haldiram’s and Amul have placed similar vinyl advertisements on the locomotives.
3. Man Beaten Up by Farmers in Video Misidentified as ‘BJP Leader’
But when we reached out to a local reporter and a police official, who was present at the site in Ghaziabad, we found out that the claim is misleading.
The man has been identified as Arun Kumar, who got into a scuffle with the farmers after he allegedly misbehaved with reporters of a news channel. They further denied the claim that the man was associated with any political party.
4. No, This Pic Does Not Show PM Modi and Jashodaben’s Wedding
An image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, standing next to a bride, has been falsely shared on social media as a picture of his wedding to Jashodaben Narendra Modi.
Upon verification, we found that the woman in the picture has been misidentified as Modi’s wife. She’s actually the daughter of the former Gujarat minister for law and technical education and MLA from Surat, late Hemant Chapatwala.
The Quint spoke to Chapatwala’s son, Keyur, who confirmed that the woman standing next to Modi is his sister, Alpa Chapatwala. The wedding took place on 14 July 1994.
5. No, Mayawati Didn’t Meet Anandiben in Support of Farmers Protest
An old photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel was being circulated with a claim that Mayawati met the latter and appealed to the government to agree to the demands of the protesting farmers.
A simple reverse search on the picture led us to a Hindustan Times article from 2019 which carried the same image of the two women and mentioned that the BSP chief had met the governor of Uttar Pradesh to speak to her about the rising crime against women in the state.
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