Fact Check: Old Newspaper Report On Fortune’s ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ Shared As Recent

A newspaper clipping is doing rounds on social media claiming that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is part of Fortune’s ‘The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ list.

The headline of the article in Hindi read: “दुनिया के 50 महान नेताओ में केजरीवाल” (Translation: Kejriwal among the 50 greatest leaders of the world).

A user shared the post with a caption, “दुनिया की प्रशिद्ध मैगजीन फार्च्यून मैगजीन ने फिर भारती राजनेता नेता को किया 50 महान नेताओं में शामिल प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी जी की जगह किया दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल को 50 नेताओ में शामिल अबकी बार मोदी जी को नही मिली मैगजीन में जगह केजरीवाल जी को बहुत बहुत बधाई”

(Translation- Fortune magazine replaced Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal among 50 great leaders. Congratulations).

The above post can be found here.

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NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.

Firstly, we examined the clipping carefully and found that Kejriwal’s name was added to the list for his successful Odd-Even drive implemented first in 2016. This gave us a hint that the clipping is old.

We also found various media reports from 2016 that reported that Kejriwal has made it to the list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders.

Read more reports here and here.

Further, we found out that while PM Modi did not feature in the 2016 list, he was ranked fifth on the list in 2015.

Finally, we looked for the latest list ‘World’s 25 Greatest Leaders: Heroes of the pandemic’ and found that none of the above mentioned leaders are featured in the list.

In conclusion, upon analysing our findings, it is safe to say that the newspaper clipping in circulation is old.

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