Thursday, 23 May, 2019


Screen shot of the viral images

Pakistani ‘security expert’ Twitter handle uses old images to fuel tension

The handle/blog tried to pass off images from 2014 and 2016 as present-day troop build-up. The images are actually of a well-known artillery gun position.
A Rafale fighter aircraft seen during rehearsals for fly-past ahead of the 12th edition of AERO India 2019 at Yelahanka Air Base in Bengaluru

India Today, Aaj Tak show footage of Rafale jets instead of Mirage 2000

The Indian Air Force strike on Pakistan's Balakot was carried out by the French-built Mirage 2000 aircraft.
Screen shot of the video that went viral

Viral video of IAF strike on Balakot is actually from a video game

The video claiming to be a snippet of the Indian strike in Pakistan Tuesday has been sourced from a military simulation video game.

Kavita Krishnan uses old photo to claim Modi & Nitish were laughing after Pulwama

Kavita Krishnan tweeted a photo of Modi and Nitish, who were in Bihar Sunday, sharing a laugh on-stage at an event.

Fake photo of Rahul Gandhi with Pulwama suicide bomber goes viral

A 2014 photo of Rahul Gandhi with a morphed addition of Pulwama suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar's face is being widely shared on social media.
A screenshot of Priyanka Chaturvedi's tweet

Congress spokesperson posts Telangana image to show turnout at Priyanka’s Lucknow rally

The image used by Priyanka Chaturvedi on Twitter is actually from a Congress rally in Telangana in December 2018.

Mamata Banerjee’s 2018 speech surfaces to ‘expose’ her ‘true face’

The 9-second snippet — which only features the West Bengal CM praying to Allah — is an edited version of her speech in 2018.

Video celebrates ‘India’s Independence Day’ in London with Italian flag

A video of aerobatic demonstrations at the Italian Parliament last year is being falsely claimed as part of celebrations at Trafalgar Square in London.
Screen shot of the meme that went viral

BJP’s image swap and #10YearChallenge fix for ‘Clean Ganga’

The Ganga isn't cleaner than before and the BJP doesn't seem closer to achieving its 2020 deadline. 

No, Rahul & Rajiv didn’t pay respects to Indira Gandhi at ‘funeral’ with Islamic gesture

The communally charged fake social media post actually shows an image from the funeral of Abdul Ghaffar Khan in Pakistan.

On Camera

Shoppers walk through South City Mall in Kolkata | Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Wrong to raise alarm over slowdown in India’s consumption

Consumption cannot bail out an ailing economy. It is the consequence of a good or bad economic environment, no matter which way we calculate GDP.

Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.


A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.