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Banner crediting PM Modi for Olympic medal of Saikhom Mirabai Chanu is morphed

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has been in the news since she bagged a silver medal in the women’s 49 kg weightlifting for India on the first day of the Tokyo Olympics 2020.  On her arrival in India on Monday, 26 July, a felicitation ceremony was organised by the Union Sports Minister Shri Anurag Singh Thakur at his residence.

The felicitation ceremony was attended by the Union Minister for Law and Justice Minister Shri Kiren Rijiju and Union Minister for Tourism, Culture and Development of North-Eastern region Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways & Minister for AYUSH, Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Nisith Pramanik.

Now an image of a banner from the felicitation ceremony is being shared in which Prime minister Narendra Modi is being thanked for having helped Mirabai Chanu in winning the medal.

However, Facto News verified that the banner is morphed and the original banner has no such message thanking Prime Minister.

Jayant Chaudhary, National President of Rashtriya Lokal Dal posted the morphed image on Twitter. The caption along with the image reads: “पदक विजेता का अभिनंदन तो ठीक है लेकिन, ‘#धन्यवाद_मोदी_जी मेडल दिलाने के लिए’ कुछ ज़्यादा नहीं हो गया? भक्ति, चापलूसी और अधिप्रचार में खिलाड़ी का अपमान तो मत करो!”

(Translated: Congratulation to the medalist is fine but, ‘#Thanky_Modi_Ji ‘Not too much to get a medal? Do not insult the player in devotion, flattery and propaganda!)

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/Screenshot)

Many Twitter users have posted the morphed photo with the same claim. An archived version of the post can be accessed here, here, here and here.
The morphed poster is viral on Facebook also.

(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Screenshot)

FactO Check:

We conducted a reverse image search of the banner. The result directed us to an article published on the website of DD News on 26 July. The article is titled, “Chanu’s medal on the opening day has inspired the entire nation: Anurag Thakur“. The article also carries the image of the banner from the felicitation ceremony, however, the banner has no message thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

(Photo Courtesy: DD NEWS/Screenshot)

We also found a video from the felicitation ceremony posted by the Twitter handle of All India Rado. The video has the same banner as its background and the message thanking Prime Minister can not be found in it.

We also checked the Twitter timeline of the Union ministers Anurag Singh Thakur and Kiren Rijiju and found images of the felicitation ceremony posted on 26 July. However, we did not find the banner with the message thanking Prime Minister.

A comparison of the original banner with the morphed banner.

Conclusion:

Therefore, it is evident that the viral banner of the felicitation ceremony is morphed.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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