When New York Times mistook Digvijaya Singh’s partner for his daughter


In a blooper that has the whole of India laughing, the New York Times wrongly referred to Congress politician Digvijaya Singh’s partner as his daughter and then embarrassingly corrected itself.

In a piece highlighting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popular Selfie With Daughter campaign, the American daily included pictures of politicians posing with their daughters. The article written by Andrew Tavani also had a tweet that had a leaked photo of Singh with his partner Amrita Rai, along with a sarcastic note.

It was surprising how NYT did not think it right to verify the tweet and included it straight away in the selfie story.

The NYT later put out this correction:

“An earlier tweet included in this article featured a satirical comment about an Indian politician seen in a photograph with his companion, not his daughter. We regret the error.”

Singh, who lost his wife Asha in 2013, confirmed his relationship with television journalist Rai on Twitter last year. Rai is years younger than Singh.