Fact Check: Did Qutub Minar Light Up In Russian Flag Colours? Here’s The Truth

In the backdrop of the ongoing Ukraine-Russia war, a set of images is being widely shared on social media claiming that Qutub Minar was lit up with Russian flag colours.

The image is being shared on Facebook with a caption that reads, “This is epic! Qutub Minar is lit in Russian flag colours! The nectar of freedom! India just lit up the Qutb Minar with the colours of the Russian flag and aptly called it “The nectar of freedom!”

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Looking closely at the image, we saw “Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Project” written on Qutub Minar in Hindi along with the logo of the scheme. 

Taking a cue from this, we did a keyword search and found similar images uploaded on the official Twitter handle of ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’ on March 5. The text reads, “Historical Monument of our Country, Qutub Minar illuminates on the occasion of Jan Aushadhi Diwas 2022. This great moment captured on the camera will leave a mark on history.”

Searching further, we found a Facebook post uploaded on the official handle of ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’ which shows Qutub Minar illuminated with red, white and blue colours. According to the post, Qutub Minar was illuminated with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and Jan Aushadhi theme from March 5-7, 2022, from 6:30 pm to 10 pm. 

Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya also tweeted the same images of Qutub Minar with the caption, “An amazing confluence of technology and beauty! Qutub Minar illuminated with Jan Aushadhi and Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav theme from 5th to 7th March.”

More searches directed us to a Twitter post uploaded by PIB Fact Check Bureau on March 7, that dismissed the viral claim as misleading. “Qutub Minar was illuminated as a part of the #JanaushadhiDiwas2022 celebrations,” read the tweet. 

Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral claim is misleading.

 

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