For the last few days, a picture of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has been widely circulating on social media. In the image, Kejriwal is taking aim with an inverted bow and arrow. Social media users are sharing the image and mocking Kejriwal. A user with the handle ‘@Sabhapa30724463‘ tweeted the photo, writing that it was the misfortune of the country that the arrow was not shot or there would have been chaos. The post had garnered 544 retweets at the time of writing.

Another Twitter user named Ritika also shared the image with a similar message.

Several other users also amplified the photo. It also made its way to Facebook.



Alt News performed a keyword search and found a report by the Indian Express dated October 6, 2022. However, the bow and arrow is held in the right orientation by Arvind Kejriwal in the picture carried by the newspaper. This indicates that the viral image was doctored in order to mock the Delhi chief minister.

According to the Express, Arvind Kejriwal had gone to the Ramlila celebrations organized at Red Fort in Delhi on the occasion of Dussehra. He also addressed the public after the burning of the Ravana effigy. Below is a side by side comparison of the image included in the article and the viral image. It is clearly visible here that Arvind Kejriwal is not holding the bow and arrow in reverse direction.

Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted a video from these celebrations on October 5. In the video, the leader is seen setting the Ravana effigy ablaze at the 1:48 mark.

To sum it up, a doctored image of Arvind Kejriwal, who was present at the Dussehra celebrations, was edited and shared on social media while mocking the leader.

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Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.