Edited Photo of Delhi Government Ad on Gandhi Jayanti Goes Viral
In the original advertisement, the photograph of Mahatma Gandhi was at the centre in a much larger size.
The edited photograph has an enlarged photograph of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the centre of the advertisement and small image of Mahatma Gandhi on the right corner.
However, we found that the original advertisement had a large photograph of Gandhi in the centre, while a smaller picture of Kejriwal occupied the bottom right area.
Sharing the edited photograph on Facebook, a page with over 2.5 lakh followers called Troll Indian Politics said, "Not sure if it is Gandhi Jayanti or Kejriwal Jayanti".
The vice president of Delhi Congress, Ali Mehdi, also shared the photo in a tweet.
The viral photograph carried the famous quote by Gandhi in Hindi, "Be the change you want to see in the world".
WHAT WE FOUND
The viral photograph was taken from Hindi newspaper Dainik Jagran, as was seen on the top right corner. We checked the e-paper version of the paper for 2 October and found the original advertisement.
A comparison of the two can be seen below.
In the original advertisement, the photograph of Mahatma Gandhi was at the centre in a much larger size and a smaller image of Kejriwal was at the bottom right corner.
We also found an English version of the advertisement that was published in English language newspapers such as The Hindu, The Times of India, etc. That, too, had the image of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre.
Evidently, the photograph of an advertisement by Delhi government on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti was edited to create a misleading narrative.
(With inputs from SM Hoax Slayer.)
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