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False claim of “Dr Manmohan Singh invited as guest for Joe Biden’s oath ceremony” is viral

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USA: After a long counting period, Democratic candidate Joe Biden was declared as President-elect. While the transition period lasts at least 78 days, Donald Trump would still be the President and Joe Biden will be the President elect until the transition period ends and oath ceremony takes place. Meanwhile, a social media post is going viral in India, which says, ” ब्रेकिंग अमेरिका के नए राष्ट्रपति बाईडन के शपथ ग्रहण समारोह के मुख्य अतिथि होंगे हिंदुस्तान के डॉ.मनमोहनसिंह जी” (Breaking, Manmohan Singh will be guest of honor of the America’s new president oath-taking ceremony). User Pankan Singodia has posted the claim in a Facebook group called Ashok Gehlot which has over 600K followers.

The Post has received over 600 shares and 10K likes with 600 comments. (Archive)

The same claim is viral on Twitter as well. A Twitter user @Pravinsinh_inc has shared the same claim.

This claim is viral on Twitter and Facebook, Find viral tweets here, and viral Facebook posts here. It looks like most of the users are just copy-pasting the same claim without checking the authenticity.

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Voting was completed on the 3rd of NOV for electing the 48th president of the United State of America. Joe Biden should reach the 270 electoral college votes to beat Donald Trump in the race to the White House. According to the Associated Press, Joe Biden is projected to gain 290 electoral votes. But, he can’t be President of the United States until the 20th of January 2021, as per the US constitution, there is a transition period of at least 72-78 days. The President-elect Joe Biden has also tweeted the same and said he will be taking oath on the 20th of Jan, 2021 at noon.

We have searched on international news portals to find if an invitation to any world leader has been sent so far, and couldn’t find any yet. Joe Biden has not been officially announced as 48th President of USA yet. The deadline for complete vote-counting ends by December first week, Last day for states to resolve election disputes is 8th DEC. You can read more about the timeline here.

We searched on the Internet and couldn’t find any potential source which confirms the claims that there was an invitation was sent to Dr. Manmohan Singh to be a guest at Joe Biden’s oath-taking ceremony. While talking to Visvasnews Dr. Manmohan Singh’s office in New Delhi confirmed the viral claim is false, the office has called the claim false and said they haven’t received an invitation.

Conclusion: The viral claim is false, and there is no evidence that supports the claim.

 

 

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BJP’s Amit Malviya shares a edited video to prove the old farmer wasn’t beaten up by police

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Farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh are marching to Delhi to protest against the agriculture bills passed by the government. The protesting farmers had a clash with the security forces near the interstate border at Haryana’s Ambala district where water cannons were used and the police resort to lathi-charge to disperse the protesters. The lathi-charge and water cannon attack on farmers had triggered the whole nation to condemn the police’s action. A viral image of an elderly farmer trying to escape from the police lathi-charge is viral across social media. Many users have shared this powerful image and condemned the attack on protestors. Renowned cartoonists Satish Acharya and R. Prasad have made cartoons based on the image.

Many leaders including Congress party leader and MP Rahul Gandhi also tweeted the image and said, “It is a very sad photo. Our slogan was ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ but today PM Modi’s arrogance made the jawan stand against the farmer. This is very dangerous.” Replying to Rahul Gandhi, Amit Malviya, the national in-charge of BJP’s IT dept. tweeted a video. Juxtaposing the viral image and the edited video with propaganda and reality tags, Malviya claimed “Rahul Gandhi must be the most discredited opposition leader India has seen in a long long time”. The viral tweet has garnered over 8k retweets and 18k likes.

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The reverse image search of the viral image has led us to multiple videos and images. A Twitter user @65thakursahab has posted a seven second video clip replying to the viral tweet made by Amit Malviya. In the video posted by @65thakursahab, the old farmer was trying to escape from the lathi charge. He was initially beaten up by one police officer and tries to escape from getting beaten up by another. The viral image was clicked right at the movement (see at time stamp 0:05 -0:06 seconds) when he is trying to escape from getting beaten up by the second police officer.

Conclusion: It is evident from the video that the elder farmer was beaten up by the police. Amit Malviya’s claim that the police didn’t even touch the farmer is false and misleading.

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BJP’s Priti Gandhi shares an old video claiming pro-Khalistan slogans raised in farmers’ protest

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Thousands of farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting since September against the three agriculture bills passed by the government. After failing to gain support from their respective state governments (except for Rajasthan and Punjab), the farmers’ union have decided to march to Delhi to mount pressure on the union government. The protesting farmers had a clash with the police near the interstate border at Haryana’s Ambala district where water cannons were used to disperse the protesters. Amidst this ongoing protests, a lot of BJP and right-wing supporters are trying to discredit the farmers’ protest by sharing misinformation across social media. A section of media has already begun to run a smear campaign and propaganda by claiming that the protests are funded and supported by Khalistan supporters, and the farmers are misled by them.

Priti Gandhi, the national in-charge of BJP’s social media has tweeted a 15-second video clip from her official Twitter handle where a group of sikhs raising pro-khalistan slogans. Mrs. Gandhi claimed that the video is from farmers’ protest and farmers were holding Pakistan flags. The tweet has garnered over 366 retweets and hundreds of likes before she took it down. Tweet archived here

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A reverse image search of some keyframes of the 15-second video clip has led us to a YouTube video posted by ANI from their official handle on July 6, 2019 with a caption, “Sikhs in UK denounce pro-Khalistan slogans during World Cup matches”. 

The video clip posted by Priti Gandhi is cropped from the 3:06 minutes video published by ANI on YouTube. At the timestamp 0:20 seconds, a man can be seen holding a Pakistan-Khalistan flag and raising pro-Khalistan slogans. He is the same man seen in the video posted by Priti Gandhi. According to ANI and Business Standard, Sikhs living in United Kingdom have raised pro-Khalistan slogans during the world cup match between Afghanistan and Pakistan on June 29, 2019.

Conclusion: The video posted by Priti Gandhi is from a world cup match in 2019. It is evident that the video is old and not from the farmers’ protest. The viral claim by Priti Gandhi is found to be misleading, fake.

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Fact Check: A photo of Swahili slave from 19th century is falsely shared as Tipu Sultan

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Karnataka: Tipu Sultan Jayanti was celebrated across Karnataka on 20th NOV during the Congress govt. under Siddaramaiah’s rule until BS Yadurappa canceled the Jayanti celebrations last year after becoming the CM of Karnataka. On the eve of Tipu Sultan’s Jayanti, a portrait claimed to be of Tippu’s is going viral across social media. Many social media users are sharing the claim, here, here, here.

BJP’s spokesperson, Ashwini Upadhyay tweeted the photo in 2018, claiming it to be the Real Photo of Tiger of Mysore, Tippu Sultan. (archive) The post has garnered over 700 RTs and thousands of likes. Twitterati has countered the claim to be false in the comments section but Ashwin has not deleted his post.

FactO Check:

First of all, according to multiple sources, the first successful photo was clicked around 1816-1817, whereas Tipu Sultan was killed in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War against British Army on 4th May 1799. The camera was not even invented at that time. So the viral photo is not Tipu Sultan as claimed, so who is the man in question. When we did a reverse image search of the image, we found multiple images on Google image search featuring the name of Tippu Tib or Tip.

SM Hoax Slayer  and several other fact checking websites have debunked this claim around 2017-2018, and have concluded that the viral image in question is of Tippu Tib, a Swahili-Arab slave trader in Zanzibar. However a report by Alt News shows another picture on Getty Images featuring the same name.

Juxtaposing the two images, it can be seen that there are no similarities in the facial features, and both images are of two different people.

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images

According to Alt News, the person in the viral picture is Mohammed Bin Khalfan, commonly known as Rumaliza, another prominent slave trader of Zanzibar of the 19th century.

Conclusion: The claim has been shared almost every year on Tuppu Sultan’s birth anniversary. According to multiple sources available on the Internet, the man in the photo is not Tippu Sultan. He is Mohammed Bin Khalfan, commonly known as Rumaliza, another prominent slave trader of Zanzibar of the 19th century. The viral claim is fake, misleading, and racist.

 

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