As people across the country expressed their wishes on social media on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday on September 17, some users shared an image of the prime minister with a misleading claim.

The image shows PM Modi clicking photos with a Canon camera without removing his lens cap.

While some users took the opportunity to criticize PM Modi for such a stupid mistake; some have shared this image as a satire.

PM Modi users have claimed that no one has ever clicked on photos like this in the last 70 years.

However, Fact Crescendo discovered that this image had been digitally altered.

What is the complaint?

The claim says: “ग़ज़ब आदमी है यार। More than 70 times more येहमारा शेर ही कर सकता है”

English translation: What a wonderful man. Nobody has been able to click a picture with such a closed camera in 70 years… Only our lion can do it.

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The same image is also going viral on Twitter.

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Fact check

We began our investigation by running a relevant keyword search and reverse image search on Google. The findings led us to a report published by The Free Press Journal on September 17, 2022.

According to the report, the image was first shared by TMC MP Jawhar Sircar, but he later deleted the post. In response, the BJP accused Jawhar Sircar of trying to spread false propaganda by sharing an altered image.

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We found the viral image on the ACTP News Hindi website. However, in this image, we can clearly see that PM Modi removed the camera lens cap while using the camera. We found that the viral image is edited and mirrored before being posted on social media platforms. Below you can see the comparison between the viral image and the original image.

On September 17, 2022, Hindustan Times uploaded a video on YouTube in which PM Modi can be seen taking pictures of cheetahs without the camera lens caps. The caption of the video reads: “PM Modi releases cheetahs into the wild on his birthday; call it a historic day for India.

The report says the cheetahs were on the brink of extinction and finally returned to India after 74 years. Prime Minister Modi released these cheetahs into Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Of the eight cheetahs brought to India from Namibia, 5 are female and 3 are male.

According The Telegraph report, the viral image was taken on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday as he took pictures of cheetahs brought in from Namibia. The Prime Minister said the arrival of the Cheetah from Namibia will strengthen India’s new future.

Conclusion:

Fact Crescendo found that the viral image is digitally altered. In the original image, PM Modi clicked photographs of cheetahs brought to India without the camera lens cap. The viral image has been wrongly edited to claim PM Modi was clicking photographs with a camera lens cap.

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Title:No, PM Modi does NOT click photos without removing the camera lens cap!

Fact check by: Siddharth Sahu

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