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Viral Photograph Claiming To Show MS Dhoni Visiting A Gurudwara Amid Ongoing Farmers’ Protest Is Old

Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim

Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni visited Gurudwara amid the ongoing farmers’ protest.

Such posts can be seen here, here and here.

Also Read: Farmers’ Protest- Cops Attacked With Swords By Farmers? No, Month-Old-Video Viral With False Claims

Fact

A Google lens search of the image yielded an X post by Gurpreet Singh Anand, dated February 26, 2024. It carried the viral image with the caption, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the @khalsajatha.” Notably, Khalsa Jatha is a gurudwara in London. 

Following this, we looked up the keyword “Dhoni” on Anand’s X account, and found a photograph of the duo in a post dated October 1, 2022. It stated, “I met MS Dhoni a couple of months ago at the Gurdwara @khalsajatha in London and noticed he was calm, at one with himself and able to absorb the spiritual moment. It’s that inner calmness that gives fortitude in situations which may stress many others out.”

 Dhoni Visiting A Gurudwara
Screengrab from X post by @ustaadji

In the photograph, both the men can be seen in the same attire as in the viral image.

(L-R) Viral image and image shared on X by @ustaadji in October, 2022

Also Read: Farmers Protest 2024- Old Video Shared To Claim Nihang Sikhs Are Marching To Delhi

We, then, skimmed through the social media accounts of Gurpreet Singh Anand, the President of Khalsa Jatha Gurudwara, and found that a cropped version of the viral image was shared on his Instagram account on July 17, 2022.

Screengrab from Instagram post by @gurpreet.singh.anand/

Hence, an old image of MS Dhoni has been falsely shared to claim that the cricketer visited a Gurdwara amid ongoing farmers’ protest.

Also Read: Farmers’ Delhi Chalo Protest March- 2017 Video Showing Pro-Farmers’ Rally in Jaipur Shared As Recent

Result: False

Sources
X Post By @ustaadji, Dated October 1, 2022
Instagram Post By @gurpreet.singh.anand, Dated July 17, 2022


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Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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