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Rahul Gandhi saluting with left hand? Flipped fake photo goes viral

The attack on Congress President Rahul Gandhi by rivals is visible from the following photograph, which at first glance creates resentment for any reader. This photo was not a real one, but flipped, hence showing the right as left hand.
Here’s how it was traced by our team:
The wording says that Rahul Gandhi was saluting the national flag with his left hand. Untrue, but this spreads hatred among people and creates a false image of a political leader. Coming just 7 months ahead of the general elections, it could leave many wonder what the Opposition party’s leader is up to.

The caption says future PM candidate (Rahul) is saluting the national flag with his left hand, thus disrespecting it. 

Using the Reverse Image Search, the original photo was traced to NDTV’s Photo used on Aug. 15, 2011 edition featuring the Independence Day event in New Delhi at the Congress Party headquarters. It was taken during unfurling of the national flag. Here’s the picture:

This is the right picture morphed to depict Rahul Gandhi in a negative manner

The facebook user Yogi Sena GKP has used the picture to flip horizontally and made up the text and its sign as below:
A simple photo-editing technique has been used here to send out a wrong message to people who may believe that the photo was true.

About Gayathri Soora

Gayathri Soora has been a contributor to Digiteye.in and our Telugu edition Eedinijam.com with more than 9 years of experience as a reporter for Hyderabad-based online news websites. An avid observer of developments in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, she is our best bet for fact-checking news in Telugu. She can be reached at: gayathri@eedinijam.com or telugu@digiteye.in

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