A letter claimed to be written by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is doing the rounds on social media. The letter urges citizens of India to buy only India-made products this Diwali. The letter has a signature of the Prime Minister. Several users have sent Alt News requests to fact-check this letter on its official app.
A Yandex search of the image led Alt News to a 2016 tweet by the official handle of Prime Minister’s office. This is an old fake letter circulating with the PM’s ‘signature’. PMO clarified that such documents floating on social media are not authentic. This letter was earlier debunked by ABP News in October 2016.
Few appeals with PM’s ‘signature’ are circulated on social media. Such documents are not authentic. pic.twitter.com/9AOcvHStFu
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 31, 2016
Additionally, as seen in the image below, the line spacing and the alignment of the text is inconsistent in the document circulated on social media, which is highly unlikely coming from the Prime Minister.
Narendra Modi’s file signature is available on the web, and hence it is easy to superimpose his signature on documents using photo manipulation softwares. Hence documents, which even though look authentic, with the PM’s official signature, should be subjected to further scrutiny before considering them as authentic.
In conclusion, an appeal to buy and promote ‘Made-in-India’ products on Diwali was falsely attributed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by manufacturing a fake letter with his ‘signature’.
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