PIB posts doctored image of PM Modi, Twitter users say…


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to visit the flood affected areas in and around Chennai on Thursday was widely hailed even by his critics.

Even the leader of Aam Aadmi Party and known Modi critic, Kumar Vishwas, tweeted appreciating his decision.

Modi visited the affected areas, reportedly held meeting with the state chief minister J Jayalalitha and announced additional relief package worth Rs 1000 crore over and above an already announced package of over Rs 900 crore.

Soon his photo sitting in special plane and taking aerial stock of affected areas was widely posted by media around the country. Jantakareporter.com too carried this image taken from the ANI news agency.

But little over an hour later, the plaudits earned by Modi turned into a reason for shame after the government’s official communication agency, Press Information Bureau, tweeted this photoshopped image of the prime minister looking through the plane with ‘affected areas’ being clearly visible through the window.


As expected, this incensed the twitter users, who began to mock the PIB asking the agency to ‘avoid’ resorting to deception ‘at least through official twitter handle of the government.

BJP’s critics have always accused the party of using photo-shopped images to present facts favourable to its electoral cause in the past.

It drew plenty of flak for using fake images showing what appeared to be mammoth crowds attending Modi’s rallies during Lok Sabha elections last year. In reality, the number of people attending those rallies would be considerably less.

In September, even the Delhi High Court had slammed the party for using doctored images to show how the BJP-run MCDs had transformed the conditions of roads in the capital.

A Delhi high court bench spotted doctored photographs of roads and pavements in Dwarka wiped digitally cleaned by the agencies to claim they had acted on complaints by residents about poor civic facilities in the sub-city. The photographs were submitted before a bench of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the DDA.

“This is photoshopped. When it comes to technology, I am a novice, but even I can say it is photoshop. Somebody has tried to brush this up,” the bench had remarked. (see photo below)

High Court had slammed BJP-run civic bodies for presenting doctored images in 2014

But, the latest incident of using doctored image of a person of PM’s stature has sent twitter into frenzy causing huge embarrassment to both the BJP and Modi. The PIB has since then removed the image but not before people were able to take the screenshots of this image.

Here’s what’s being talked about on twitter:


Modi’s critics have now started posting similarly doctored photos involving his aerial survey.

Here are some examples;