A post is being shared on social media with a claim that the text on a congratulatory banner seen at the felicitation function of weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, after she won a silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for her win.
The text on the banner read, ‘धन्यवाद मोदी जी, मीराबाई चानू को मेडल दिलाने के लिए”
(Translation: Thank you Modi ji for getting Mirabai Chanu a medal)
A Facebook user shared the message which read, “पीछे की फोटो देखिए और जो लिखा है एक बार पढ़िए मेडल मीरा बाई चानु मेहनत कर के लायी है या मोदी जी ने दिलाया है??अगर ऐसा है तो मोदी जी पूरे टीम को मेडल दिला दो“
(Translation: Look at the photo at the back and read once what is written, Mirabai Chanu has won the medal by hard work or has Modi ji given it?? If so, Modi ji, please get the entire team a medal.)
NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found it to be fake.
On running a Google search with some keywords we found a press release by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on the official website of Press Information Bureau website, carrying the same image.
The picture was taken on July 26, 2021, when Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and her coach Vijay Sharma were felicitated by Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur at his residence.
The text crediting PM Narendra Modi for the Olympic win was not present in the original picture.
We also found a tweet by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju dated July 26, 2021, congratulating Chanu. The original banner can be seen in the tweet too.
Welcome home @mirabai_chanu 🙏
In Olympics, athletes play for the country’s honour. She has made India proud. Attended reception function with @ianuragthakur Ji, @sarbanandsonwal Ji, @kishanreddybjp Ji, @NisithPramanik Ji & officials of Sports Ministry and SAI to honour Mirabai. pic.twitter.com/8Gzl5ScyhN
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) July 26, 2021
Further, we found the event broadcast on DD News‘ YouTube channel published on July 26, 2021. The congratulatory banner in the backdrop mentions the text: ‘Felicitation of Tokyo Olympics Silver Medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, 26 July 2021.’ However, there is no text thanking the Prime Minister for the medal.
On comparing both the pictures, it becomes clear that the text ‘धन्यवाद मोदी जी, मीराबाई चानू को मेडल दिलाने के लिए‘ has been digitally added in the picture.
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the banner thanking PM Narendra Modi for Mirabai Chanu’s Olympic win is morphed.
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