Viral photo of Sonia Gandhi with Christian conversion book in background is morphed


A fake vs real comparison of Sonia Gandhi’s viral photograph | Credits: SM Hoaxslayer


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New Delhi: A photograph of Congress President Sonia Gandhi has gone viral, which purportedly shows a bookshelf behind her with a book titled ‘How to convert India into a Christian Nation’. The image also shows a copy of the Holy Bible and a statue of Jesus Christ on the shelf.

A Twitter user ‘No Conversion’, first shared the image with the caption ‘Who reads all these books?’. It was retweeted by over 1,000 people and garnered more than 2,900 likes. The tweet has since been deleted.

In another tweet, the user with over 2 lakh followers, accused the Congress of “rampant conversion appeasement, and brainwashing of young generation”.

A screenshot of the tweet by No Conversion

Several other Twitter users also shared the image with similar claims. It was widely shared on Facebook too.

One Twitter user asked if “Sonia Gandhi’s hand” was “behind the conversion in India”.

Fact check

The viral photograph of Sonia Gandhi with the book on Christian conversion is fake and has been morphed.

The image is actually a screenshot of a YouTube video that was published by the Indian National Congress in October 2020, where Gandhi addressed the people of Bihar on matters related to the state’s economy and unemployment.

 

A look at the bookshelf behind her shows that the space where the book on conversion, Holy Bible and Jesus’ statue is situated in the viral photo is actually empty.

In collaboration with SM Hoaxslayer


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