Monday 25 September 2017

Doctored image of Narendra Modi inspecting flood-hit Chennai goes viral

The original Tweet containing the photo-shopped image
The original Tweet containing the photo-shopped image

David Kearns

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the centre of a Twitter storm after his press office released a doctored photo of the Indian leader surveying the devastated city of Chennai.

The image shows Mr Modi looking out an airplane window at inundated parts of the southern city, which has been hit by torrential rains and flooding that has killed at least 260 people since the start of November.

The altered image was posted to Twitter by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau and has since gone viral on social media and prompted a flurry of parodies.

The view in the window was photo-shopped to show a closer-up image of the flooding. Later a photo showing a much more distant view of the damage was released.

The unaltered image of Narendra Modi inspecting flood-hit Chennai
The unaltered image of Narendra Modi inspecting flood-hit Chennai

The image, published on the verified Twitter account of the PIB on Thursday evening, was deleted an hour later

In a statement, the PIB said the photo alteration was “due to an error of judgement” and said it “regrets” that it was released.

The doctored photo soon spread however, and spawned a number of spoofs, including one showing Mr Modi standing beside Neil Armstrong standing on the Moon.

Another showed the Indian leader looking Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump as well as one of Mr Modi facing down a shark through the porthole-shaped opening.

Just last month, the Press Information Bureau was accused of photo-shopping another image of Mr Modi a summit in Malaysian.

He was pictured standing next to an upside-down Indian flag but later official postings of the same image shows the flag the right side up.

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