New Delhi: The image of an Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter showering flower petals on a family of migrant workers walking along a road has gone viral on social media.
The photograph has been shared widely on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp with captions hinting that it was part of the Indian Air Force and Navy’s tribute Sunday to frontline workers battling Covid-19.
Several verified handles on Twitter have shared it. Writer and political analyst Raju Parulekar has shared it with a caption reading: “This picture describes Modiji’s new India completely, words are not needed.”
His post was retweeted over 130 times and liked by 700 Twitter users at the time of publishing this report.
मोदीजी का नया भारत ये एक तस्वीर पूरी तरह से बयां करती हैं, शब्दों की जरुरत नही हैं.👇 pic.twitter.com/6xa0C7J73j
— Raju Parulekar (@rajuparulekar) May 4, 2020
Another Twitter user named Jayasree Vijayan, with 14,000 followers, also shared the image. Vijayan juxtaposed it with a cartoon showing migrant workers waiting for food but being showered with flowers instead. The tweet was liked more than 5,000 times.
Sharing without comments !! pic.twitter.com/5kJLf9hsvf
— Jayasree Vijayan (@JayasreeVijayan) May 3, 2020
Senior Congress leader and MP Shashi Tharoor has also retweeted Vijayan’s tweet.
A Mumbai based screenwriter and film-maker, Mayur Puri, also shared the image saying “the photographer deserves a prize for capturing every aspect of 2020 in one frame”.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This one is worth a million.
I don't know who clicked it (someone posted it on FB) but the photographer deserves a prize for capturing every aspect of 2020 in one frame. History is made of pictures like these. pic.twitter.com/5OfUvPjqBB
— Mayur Puri / मयूर पुरी (@mayurpuri) May 4, 2020
News agency ANI also tweeted the image Sunday, juxtaposing it with another photograph. The agency said the two photos were of an IAF helicopter showering flower petals on the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh to express gratitude towards medical professionals.
Chandigarh: An Indian Air Force chopper showed flower petals on Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) to express gratitude towards medical professionals. "We appreciate the kind gesture. It's hugely motivational," says PGIMER Director Prof. Jagat Ram. pic.twitter.com/doWNsy7EZx
— ANI (@ANI) May 3, 2020
The image of the helicopter showering flower petals is from a Republic Day celebrations two years ago.
The image has been photoshopped and the difference in the colour of the sky is clearly visible.
Many users on social media platforms have also pointed out that the photograph is ‘fake’ but none of the users mentioned above have deleted their tweets so far. Some of those who have posted it said that the photograph may be fake but can be symbolic.
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