Fact Check: Old Magazine Cover Featuring PM Modi Viral With False Link To Coronavirus Pandemic

An image of a magazine cover of the British Herald describing PM Modi as the “World’s Most Powerful Person” is doing rounds on social media. The cover is being shared with a claim that PM Modi was honoured with this title based on how India handled the Coronavirus pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing and dissemination.

Facebook users are sharing the picture with the caption, “The leader who handled the crisis best and steered his country to help other countries with Covid Vaccine, Manufacturing. Projected growth of 11.5% for 2021. The British Herald got Narendra Modi on the cover, with a fabulous description – World’s most powerful person.”

Here’s the link to the above post. More such posts can be seen here, here, here and here.

FACT CHECK 

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

We ran a keyword search and found a report by Zee News from 2019 with the headline, “PM Narendra Modi wins British Herald reader’s poll for world’s most powerful person 2019.”

Searching further, we also found the same image in an article by the British Herald dated July 17, 2019 (way before COVID-19 came into view). “British Herald Features Indian Prime Minister On Cover,” the headline read.

British Herald also shared the cover of the magazine on their official Facebook page on May 23, 3019, with the caption, “Congratulations Narendra Modi for keeping the world’s largest democracy to think and act with unity for the sustainable development. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah TIME Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Gujarat The Indian Elections.”

We also looked through the reports and social media posts by the British Herald but did not find any such recent covers.

Hence, we can conclude that an old image is being circulated with misleading claims.

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