Here is a list of fake news that went viral this week.
PM Narendra Modi was recently in Varanasi to inaugurate the Kashi Vishwanath corridor. This event dominated headlines for quite a few days. Meanwhile, a set of numerous fake news went viral this week interlinking them to his historic moment. Therefore, we are here to dig the truth behind all the fake news that went viral this week.
Anti-Modi slogans during his Kashi Vishwanath visit!
जहां हाथ हिलाना चाहिए वहा से सिर्फ चुपचाप निकल लिए।
कैमरे पर तो बहोत हाथ हिलाते है।
साहेब चौराहे पर आए तो थे लेकिन फुल टाइम सिक्योरिटी के साथ तो जनता ने क्या नारे लगाए…🤣🤣🤣
ये लोकप्रियता तो अनोखी हैं…🤔 pic.twitter.com/NmDQV8OvFt
— दीपाली कोचे 🇮🇳 (@Aarya_ind) December 19, 2021
Fake news: While PM Modi was on a visit to Varanasi, Twitterati says that several media houses conveniently overlook all the protests against PM Modi and CM Yogi in Uttar Pradesh at the same time. A video circulated on social media shows a mob raising anti-Modi slogans as he walks down the street with Yogi.
Fact-checked: This video is doctored. The crowd had gathered to have a glimpse of the Prime Minister and were raising pro-Modi slogans. The ‘Hai-Hai’ Modi audio was imposed on the video later. A journalist Rohan Dua posted the same video but with the original audio.
PM Modi touched IAS Officer Aarati Dongra’s feet!
*Aarati Dogra, IAS Officer* who was the chief architect behind *renovation of Kashi Vishwanath Temple.* She is rather too short (just Three Feet and 6 inches) *BUT* obtained 56th rank in the UPSC exam in *her very first attempt; she is the daughter of sn Army Officerமோடிகிரேட் pic.twitter.com/S9aLHFDpe5
— அகண்ட பாரதம் 🇮🇳🕉️🚩 (@NaMo_Bhakathan) December 20, 2021
Fake news: A photo showing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi took blessings of IAS Officer ‘Aarati Dongra’ who is the chief architect of the Kashi Vishwanath Dham project by touching the feet.
Fact-checked: the picture of PM Modi touching the differently-abled woman being shared, misidentifying her as IAS officer Arti Dogra. She is not an IAS officer but a person identified as Shikha Rastogi from Varanasi. Moreover, Dr. Bimal Patel is the Chief Architect of the project.
Bride landed at a different venue, and agreed to marry Dulha!
पैराग्लाइडिंग करते हुए एंट्री लेने वाली थी दुल्हन, लेकिन दूसरे की शादी में हो गई लैंड, बदल गई किस्मत https://t.co/HwhvxcPPVy
— AAJ KI NEWS (@aajkine89452549) December 18, 2021
Fake news: Social media chaos over the most-awaited and secretive Shaadi of 2021 of Katrina and Vicky Kaushal had left everyone crazy. The Theme wedding and unique bride-groom entry had become a new flex, one such bizarre wedding ceremony had gone viral this week. Several lesser-known media houses claimed that a bride got married to a different groom as she landed in a different venue during her paragliding entry. Concluding that a wedding cannot go this wrong.
Fact-checked: This was a fictitious story published by a satirical website ‘The Fauxy. Some fake mongers had published the original story from the website which says that The Fauxy is India’s finest, fastest and fictitious news source. It mentions in the disclaimer section that whatever is published is just for entertainment. Moreover, the picture used in the viral article is of Pakistani actor couple Danish Taimoor and Ayeza Khan.
Muslims halted at the National highway while offering Friday prayers!
Fake news: A controversy sparked in Haryana’s Gurugram recently after some Hindu groups objected to Muslims offering namaz on open ground near a residential area. Amid this ongoing dispute, an image went viral showing a large gathering of men offering namaz on roads and top of vehicles leading to a highway jam. This news was also posted by a Pakistani Canadian columnist Tarekh Fateh.
Fact-checked: This image is not even from India. The scene is captured during a religious congregation in Bangladesh. A better and clearer version of the image was posted by Fine Art America. Its description reads that thousands of Muslims kneel in the middle of the road junction to pray, causing a town’s traffic to come to a standstill. The image is from Biswa Iijtema near river Turag in Tongi, Bangladesh. Moreover, in the images, the buses halted are of BRTC (Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation).
Assam Government to pay ₹15000 monthly to temple priests!
Fake news: A viral post claimed the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led Assam government claimed that the government has decided to pay financial aid of Rs 15,000 monthly to their temple priests.
Fact-checked: The viral claim is misleading. As per Live Mint, the Assam government has decided to provide financial help of Rs 15,000 to the temple priests. The Assam government has also decided to provide one-time financial aid of ₹10000 to inter-district bus handymen and drivers who were hit hard by Covid-induced lockdown.