Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday while reviewing the Covid-19 situation in his Parliamentary constituency, Varanasi has applauded the efforts of doctors and nurses. During his video conference with the health care professionals, PM Modi choked with emotion remembering people who died of Covid-19.
Hours after PM Modi’s virtual address, #CrocodileTears was the top trend on Twitter. Many social media users have called the act a staged one to hide govt’s failures during the second wave. At this point, an image of New York Times edition published on 21 May with a picture of a crocodile with text, “India’s PM Cried” on its front page went viral. Many social media users have started sharing the viral image with #CrocodileTears alleging that the govt’s failure has become international news. Find more here
— Ravi Kumar (@RaviK12051990) May 22, 2021
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, Shobhaa De and Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan in a now-deleted tweets also shared the viral image.
We have examined the front page of the New York Times international edition published on Friday, 21 May and the lead image is different from the viral image on social media. The lead image talks about the article, “Syria’s surprising solar bloom” associated with it. The same article can also be seen in the viral image.
The actual lead image from NYT (Left) is of some buildings and solar panels on their rooftops from Binnish, Syria but not a crocodile. And the caption for the image is, “There is no alternative. Solar energy is a blessing from God”, which was replaced by the text, ‘India’s PM cried’ in the viral image (right).
We also found the source of the viral image. The original creator of this photo, “The Daily New York Times”, a parody account of the New York Times, clarified in a tweet after his satirical tweet went viral receiving over 1.3k RT.
Again clarifying that this is *Satire. Don't take it seriously. https://t.co/SnVyFZobIS
— The Daily New York Times (@NewYokNewz) May 22, 2021
Conclusion: An image from the original NYT’s edition has been photoshopped and replaced with a Crocodile picture and the text “India’s PM cried”. The above claims are misleading and fake.