By: Navneet Mundhra
A photo that has gone viral on social media shows the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘touching the feet’ of the controversial All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader, Akbaruddin Owaisi.
In another, similar, photo, Modi is seen bowing down before Salman, the King of Saudi Arabia. The photos, needless to say, are being widely shared online to mock Modi – who is perceived to be a staunch Hindu leader – for genuflecting before Muslim leaders.
The truth, however, is different from what’s being projected. Both these images are actually photoshopped. The real image, which has been doctored, has Modi touching the feet of the veteran Bhartya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani in 2013 during a rally in Bhopal.
Owaisi’s and King Salman’s presence in the photos being circulated on social media owes more to an expert photoshop job that to anything real.
Hence, here’s some advice: This election season, if you come across any picture or post which raises suspicions, make sure you check its authenticity before reacting or sharing it.