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.
भगवान राम त्याग का प्रतीक हैं। वह अपने माता-पिता के कहने पर राजपाट त्याग कर 14 वर्षों के लिए वनवास चले गए थे।
भगवान श्री रामचंद्र जी के आशीर्वाद से भारत दुनिया का सर्वश्रेष्ठ राष्ट्र बने, यही मेरा सपना है।
जय श्री राम pic.twitter.com/Yj4v02SJfP
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 5, 2022
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.
Independent journalism that speaks truth to power and is free of corporate and political control is possible only when people contribute towards the same. Please consider donating in support of this endeavour to fight misinformation and disinformation.
To make an instant donation, click on the "Donate Now" button above. For information regarding donation via Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD, click here.