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BJP leaders shared edited picture of the national flag hoisted atop Lal Chowk on Independence day

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New Delhi: India has celebrated its 74th Independence day. A lot of social media users have shared pictures of the national flag and wished each other. Meanwhile, a picture of national flag hoisted atop Lal Chowk, Jammu went viral. BJP leaders shared that picture with a claim that hoisting the Indian flag at Lal Chowk has become possible after abolition or Article 370 from J&K.

The morphed photo was first shared by Jamyang Tsering Namgyal (BJP MP Ladakh) on 14th AUG 8AM. He tweeted “What has changed since #5Aug2019? Lal Chowk #Srinagar which had remained as symbol of #AntiIndia campaign by dynast politicians & #Jihadist forces has now become Crown of Nationalism”(Archive). The tweet went viral and garnered over 1.7K RT.

The same edited photo was widely shared by BJP Leaders and BJP supporters. BJP leader from Delhi, Kapil Mishra has shared the same photo with the caption “Tiranga and Lal Chowk”, BJP MP from Chandigarh, Smt Kirron Kher shared the same photo with the caption “Tri color at Lal Chowk Srinagar, Jai Hindi”.

Even news agencies Like News National and Jagran wrote articles on the edited photo. News Nation wrote an article with the caption “जिस लाल चौक पर तिरंगा फहराने पर होता था खून-खराबा, आज वहां शान से लहरा रहा है देश का झंडा!” (Hoisting the tricolor caused a lot of bloodshed at Lal chowk earlier, but today the country is proudly waving the flag at the same place ). Jagran wrote an article with heading “Ladakh MP tweeted a photo of Tricolor flying high on lal Chowk”.

FactO Check:

A quick Google reverse image search has directed us to the photo dated 11th July 2010, posted on Mubassir’s blog. He is Freelancer Journalist based in Srinagar.

Journalists also called out  Kapil Mishra in a tweet saying, “Have you no shame in sharing a doctored image? I clicked the original photo without the Indian flag on June 22, 2010.”

Comparing Original and Fake Photo:

Please see the Red circle, Yellow Square, and Blue square.

Ahmed Amir, A journalist from Srinagar has shared a photo of Lal Chowk today 15th AUG 2020, where we can’t see the Tricolor at Ghanta Ghar.

Conclusion: The photo being shared claiming that the Tricolor was hoisted at Lal Chowk is found to be fake. Even after hundreds of Twitter users called out it to be fake in the comments section,  the BJP leaders didn’t delete the photo. This reminds us of Mr. Amit Shah’s famous speech where he suggested his volunteers to make even fake message viral.

 

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Edited pic of Deepika Padukone’s top with “I STAND WITH INDIAN FARMERS” caption is viral

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Mumbai: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was summoned by the Narcotics control bureau(NCB), Mumbai for investigation of drugs consumption/practice in Bollywood which is allegedly linked to the Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case. Deepika was in Mumbai on 26th September for NCB investigation. At the same time, farmers in India were protesting against the NDA govt.’s farm bills which were passed in the Parliament the same week.

A Photo of Deepika Padukone went viral on social media, where Deepika can be seen wearing a Black t-shirt with “I Stand with Indian Farmers” written over the tee. A Facebook page by name ‘कन्हैया कुमार फैन'(Kanhaiya Kumar Fan) posted the same photo which got over 7.5K shares and 81k likes. Archive

Caption says “ध्यान से देखिए. टी शर्ट में लिखा है I stand with Indian Farmers. मतलब दीपिका ने गोदी मीडिया को उसकी औकात दिखा दी” (Read carefully, i Stand with Indian farmers written over t-shirt, Means Deepika has shown the Godi Media its value).

The photo has been shared over twitter by many users.

Many users have shared this edited photo of Deepika Padukone on twitter, find here. Last Month, Sushant Singh Rajput’s Ex-Girlfriend Reah Chakraborty was seen wearing a t-shirt with the quote “Roses are red, violets are blue, let’s smash the patriarchy, me and you” when she was visiting NCB office in Mumbai for interrogation, and later she was arrested after 9 hours of interrogation.

On 9th January,  Deepika Padukone was seen standing with JNU students in solidarity after JNU student leader and other students were beaten by allegedly ABVP members. Deepika was praised by many across India for her bold move and standing against the odds.

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To find the truth about this viral photo, we did a simple reverse image search and found an Indian Express article published on 20th March 2018 with the heading “Celeb spotting: Priyanka Chopra, Chitrangda Singh, Deepika Padukone, and others”, the Deepika photo was captioned as “Deepika Padukone was seen coming out of the airport. (Source: Photo by Varinder Chawla)”.

Conclusion: Photoshopped photo of Deepika Padukone has been shared during the Farmer’s protest. The original photo is 2 years old as per the source. The claims are misleading and false.

 

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25 year old Amul’s cartoon resurfaced, after Kangana-Urmila controversy

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Mumbai: While talking to Rajdeed Sardesai of India Today, Actress Urmila Matondkar refused Kangana’s claim of Drugs exercise in Bollywood parties. On the same day Kangana Ranaut called Urmila a soft-porn-start on national TV, while talking to Navika Kumar of Times now. Kangana said, “Urmila Matondkar, she is soft porn star, she is not known for her acting for sure, what is she’s known for? for doing soft porn, right. If she can get a ticket, why can’t I get a ticket?”.

Amul Corp, which is known for its daily toon on current affairs, was accused of featuring Urmila in their latest cartoon. Many took on twitter asking Amul’s stand on the sexist cartoon on Urmila Matondkar.

A twitter user and INC member as per her Twitter bio, wrote “Amul has displayed the worst possible taste in releasing this ad. Playing up the ‘Urmilla Matondkar is a soft-porn actress’ accusation. Seriously, Amul?”,  (Archive)

Another wtitter user, Shah Alam Kham, wrote. “Dear @Amul_Coop @amulcares When you objectify female body it’s poor ethics. When you take sides and then objectify a woman from the other side, it’s vile, obnoxious mind set. In this corporatised world, this is also poor consumerism. You lost one customer for life.” (Archive)

FactO Check:

With a simple reverse image search, we found the cartoon on Amul’s official website, with the heading Amul hits 1995. The viral cartoon can be seen In the 2nd page. The viral Amul’s cartoon was made in 1995 during the Bollywood movie Rangela’s poster release, where Urmila was seen completely different from the 1992 movie Masoom. That’s the reason the tag line on Amul toon was “Not Masoom Anymore?”.

Ram Gopal Verma a well known Bollywood director posted the photo saying “Amul hoarding after RANGEELA released”.

While replying to Swati Chaturvedi, Anurag Kashyap tweeted, “If I am not mistaken, this came out when “Rangeela” released and not now. And it was based on the fact that Urmila was the child actor in “Masoom”. It was meant to be an appreciation. Now misused by trolls after the current scenario.”

Conclusion: We have found the viral Amul cartoon was made during the Bollywood movie Rangeela’s poster release, it’s not the latest cartoon as claimed by social media users

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Kangana Ranaut falls for satire, thanks Facebook for ‘mark yourself safe from Shiv Sena’ feature and later clarifies.

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Mumbai: Kangana has been in the limelight since the day she joined Twitter officially. She was initially in the news demanding justice for Sushant Singh Rajput, but then eventually tables have turned, due to Kangana Ranaut’s remarks on comparing Mumbai to PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). The focus now has shifted to Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena govt. vs Kangana Ranaut. Yesterday, she quoted “The Fauxy” in a tweet (Archive) thanking Facebook for introducing “Mark Yourself Safe From Shivsena Goons”. The Fauxy published an article satirical portal after an attack on Retd Navy officer by Shiv Sena goons for sharing a cartoon (archive here)

Kangana’s tweet went so viral and received over 8K RTs. She Wrote “Thank you Facebook free speech must be protected in a democracy, people need to be protected from Sonia Sena goons much like COVID -19 virus, thank you for being considerate, well done (Clap Emoji)”

In her previous tweets, she misled many people by sharing a 10-year-old Aamir khan’s fake quote , again falsely claiming that Aamir Khan said he was scared of India.

FactO Check:

When we checked their twitter handle and website, we found a disclaimer that says, “The Fauxy is a Satire Web Portal. The content of this website is a work of fiction. Readers are advised not to confuse the articles of The Fauxy as genuine and true.” We also found that many twitter users replied to the Kangana’s tweet and informed her the same. After multiple replies and clarifications by twitter users, the actress finally responded, but not to her tweet.

We found a tweet by Kangana responding to FJP India(Free Journal Press), where she has clarified that she was being sarcastic.

Conclusion: The social media users have a divided opinion on this. While many have trolled the actress, some believe that her tweet is intended for sarcasm. It would have been better, if Kangana has replied to her own tweet clarifying the issue.

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