Former Prasar Bharati CEO Jawahar Sirkar shared a photograph of PM Narendra Modi bowing with folded hands to founder chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani.
The photograph was shared with the caption, “Wish fellow parliamentarians and others in politics also received such courtesy and bonhomie — from their permanently-scowling PM. In a mature democracy, we would know the two-way relationship, favours, transactions. Some day, history will tell us.”
Bharati later deleted his tweet with the photograph in context. The archived version can be viewed here.
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Fact Check / Verification
A Google reverse image search led us to a 2020 tweet by a user who shared a photograph of PM Modi claiming that he was bowing to Priti Adani, chairperson of the Adani Foundation. The tweet’s caption translated from Hindi to English reads, “The Sanghi watchman saluting Preeti Adani by bowing.”
On further search, we found the image of Modi bowing published by OneIndia. According to this report, the woman in the photograph is Deepika Mondal, Chief Functional Officer of the NGO, Divya Jyoti Cultural Organization and Welfare Society.
Mondol’s name and designation can be viewed on the NGOs website here.
The photo was also published by Kolkata24x7 which mentions Mondol as the woman to who Modi bowed to.
Amar Ujala published the photograph of Modi bowing to Mondol with a similar description.
The report includes Mondol’s photos with other politicians and celebrities including Vidya Balan and former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam taken on other occasions.
A comparison of the original photograph (Left) of Modi bowing with folded hands to Deepika Mondol and the morphed image (Right) with Nita Ambani can be seen below.
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The photograph of PM Narendra Modi bowing with folded hands to Nita Ambani is manipulated. The original image has Modi bowing to Deepika Mondol, Chief Functionary of the NGO, Divya Jyoti Cultural Organization and Welfare Society.
Result: Manipulated Media
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