In this hub of ISIS activity, young Hindus are being radicalized, they might be saying that there is nothing untoward happening there but we can confirm that young Hindus are being radicalized in coaching centers and tuition classes by committed agents of the caliphate. Mysterious rate cards like the one on your screen are being distributed. It is these rate cards, ladies and gentlemen, are being held up as incentives. Look at what this rate card says, it puts up a price on religion, on your faith, if you look closely at the rate card, you’ll see ladies and gentlemen, you’ll see interesting details“, trumpeted Rahul Shivshankar, the Editor-in-Chief of Times Now, in yet another prime time show that he’s taken over since Arnab Goswami formed a mirror version of Times Now namely Republic TV. The story claimed that it is a report from India’s Gaza, namely Kasargod in Kerala.

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While Rahul Shivshankar described how a price has been put on one’s faith, the screen showed various denominations ranging from 7 lakhs to 1 lakhs assigned to women from different religions/sub-castes/sects. Throwing his hands up in disgust, Rahul Shivshankar further said, “I can’t even begin to tell you ladies and gentlemen the kind of insidious fine print that is on this rate card, to convert Hindus, caste Brahmins, you have to pay five lakhs, you get paid five lakhs ladies and gentlemen. A Hindu Brahmin girl – five lakhs, seven lakh rupees for a Sikh Punjabi gal, for a Gujarati Brahmin and so on and so forth, Hindu Khastriya gal – four and a half lakhs, Hindu OBC/SC/ST – two lakhs, Buddhist girl – one and a half lakh, a Jain girl 3 lakh rupees, the caliphate has put a price on your faith.

Times Now used the hashtag #CaliphateConvertsHindus to tweet various aspects of this story. They also tweeted the denominations in the rate card poster, a screenshot of which can be seen below.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we can’t even begin to tell you how insidious this story is and there’s no fine print to it. The rate card that has been displayed by Times Now has been making the rounds of WhatsApp and other forms of social media for time immemorial now and can be seen below.

Ahmedabad Mirror ran a story titled “LOVE JIHAD IN VADODARA COMES WITH A PRIZE TAG” based on this poster in February 2016. Subsequently, the Ahmedabad Mirror story was reported by various other media outlets such as Zee News, One India and Dainik Bhaskar (Marathi), India.com and Sahara Samay. While Times Now never once raised any doubts about that rate card image, most media houses that ran this story in Feb 2016 clearly said that a WhatsApp forward was being made viral to instigate people.

This image has also been circulated by various fake news sites like Hindutva.Info, Jagruk Bharat and Hindu Existence in February 2016.

The oldest version of this black-and-white image is available on a website called ‘Bare Naked Islam’ in a post published on 20th September 2014. When this poster became viral in 2014, ABP News had debunked it by analysing the websites and the addresses mentioned in the poster.

Saamana, which has come to be known as Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece, had published this story sometime in late 2010 on Page 6 of their newspaper.

The earliest version of this story is on a blog called ‘Sikh and Islam’ published on Feb 5, 2010. This blog has exactly one post and the original coloured version of the black-and-white image that Times Now showed was initially posted here.

Multiple things stand out in this image which point to the fact that it is fake. Firstly, this poster has the phrase, “in the name of allah……most merciful, most benificiary“, while the usual phrase used is “In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful“. Such a mistake would be unusual if this had actually been a pamphlet released by an Islamic organisation. Moreover, it is the heart-shaped image at the top of the pamphlet that gives the most concrete evidence of this poster being a photoshopped one.

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The gun shaped image within the heart, is actually the flag of Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shi’a Islamist militant group. The heart shaped image has been independently in circulation since 2006.

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All this points to the fact that the image has been created for the sake of propaganda using a software such as Adobe Photoshop and that there is nothing factual about it.

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Times Now has taken the same image with a Hezbollah Flag embedded inside, a WhatsApp rumour that has been reported by large sections of Indian media in 2014 & 2016, a rumour already debunked by ABP News in 2014, reported by Saamana as a propaganda piece in 2010 and is claiming that it is evidence of ISIS Caliphate in Kerala. Can it get more ridiculous than this? Arun Shourie terming these channels as North Korean channels is not surprising at all.

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26 Comments on "Times Now runs a prime time story based on a 7 year old photoshopped image"

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Indian
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Kerala and Bengal are high priority states for sangh parivar and they have unleashed a propaganda war against these places.

This is just one, the kind of stories the sang it cell is circulating on whatsapp in these states will put Joseph Goebbels hang his head with shame.

Ajeya
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Well, if you want to be an Ostrich then its your choice but Leftist Leader V.S. Achuthanandan also openly talked about this conspiracy, are you trying to refute the truth just to appease ?

Fayjay
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So, this entire debate is on the basis of a piece of paper?

You do know anyone can print anything on a piece of paper, right?

cheechee
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fully agree!
But how come such matter reached high court of the state and government was unable find/nab the people spreading the dangerous fake information?

Srinivas
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So what if the pamphlet was in circulation for quite sometime. It does not make it fake. Spelling mistakes they happen does mean the plot is not there. Regarding the image, some had used it so what? How does it make it fake.

Love Jihad has been a fact and it continues to do so. U analysis does not make fake or hearsay.

Logical citizen
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It wasn’t spelling mistake, its a translation mistake of most basic thing of islam (Bismillah ir rahman ir rahim).
Wrong translation, wrong image make it clear that its a fake thing created by someone who doesn’t even have the basic knowledge.
its like saying so what if the image is wrong? so what if the translation is wrong? so what if nobody has any evidence , what I believe is a truth!!!

cheechee
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you mean every single muslim is good at both languages and does perfect transaction?
BTW, author was not sure whether it was old image or fake image (I am sure he knows the difference between old and fake).
He did the same abt Guarva Arya. Titled as fake image but that happened to be old image

Logica1 citizen
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Yes if the person can write the detailed rate card and google some kind of logo to add there must have known the translation. We are not talking about illiterates here!

it was fake because the story covered was in the name of caliphate(Which is ISIS from Iraq and Syria) and the logo is of Hezbollah which is from Lebonan(Just googled) which is an odd combination.

cheechee
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can we fully eliminate possibility of odd combination being genuine?

Vishal
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U will believe modiji and president he is Vishnu avatar dosent mean u shove your opinion down all indian throat.

Johnson
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It seems there is competition between Times Now & Republic Channel to show which channel is more patriotic & close to government n its agenda. Quite a shame that such reputed channel and journalist are not verifying fact before making headlines in their channel. They are feeding to particular group of people. Even Zee News is left behind in this propaganda game.

Rahul
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Nobody nowadays nobody verifies what is true as they have to operate 24hours a day, I have stopped watching Times Now and never ever thought to watch Republic, they just need some news to earn money and for that, they can do anything. Even I am searching for a better news channel to watch. Times Now is the worst channel right now and the way they present the news it seems they know everything and whole world is a fool

truthSurvives
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Amazing the way you expose thse RSS Coward cow PISS-drinkers SHIT-Eater Modi …voters !!!
May Modi voters kids turn out to be as Retarded as they are !

cheechee
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NDTV reports a man taking photos and the firing people was lynched by people. which turns out to be a cop on duty lynched by worshipers in mosque.
Pratik Sinha has time to dig into TN and other channels. But do not even report the incident, NDTV falsehood and how the lynching was justified by some journalists on twitter.

Web Journalist
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Kya NDTV NDTV…??? We’ll expose you Bhakthards every single time..!!!

cheechee
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so you admit! this site is for anti-Modi propaganda but not expose fake news in-general

Mark
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This site is as far I see for busting fake news. Not anti modi propaganda. But since in India 95+% of the news are spread by unverified sources, (read blind modi fans, who don’t take pains to verify the news integrity and blindly share it just for the sake of getting likes and RT’s), this site alone should not be blamed for having only anti modi news.

Sam
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Alt news main aim is to bust the false propaganda and fake news….which has become a menace now….reporting is done by 95% of channels…and the news u r talking and out has been reported by almost every news paper and channel….but did u anywhere here about tha busting of this fake news??? No….now when the man is bringing out the facts….why r u so hurt???

cheechee
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then why hide fake news propaganda by NDTV?

Mark
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Sorry for the late reply – as I checked the news just now. Dear cheechee, fake news of NDTV is not hidden here. Instead most of the ppl will say NDTV doesnt post real news like Times now/ Republic/ Zee news etc. So ppl who follow Times Now/ Republic TV/ Zee news are satisfied that they watch real news while NDTV gives fake news.

Sandeep
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I don’t care whether this piece of paper is true or not. But I can tell you many true incidents that indicates the work of Jihadi groups in Kerala. 1. Simi camp was operated in Kerala while the udf govt was in power. It was done in a tourist spot near my home town. The place is called Vagamon. Thadinatavida nazeer etc have been arrested. 2. Recently while the cpim govt is in power a similar camp is done by the IS in Kannur dist. Near to this gaza street they are showing. This place is called padanna. 3. Atleast… Read more »
Anti chaddi gang
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Open your new shitty fake blog you have news….

Babloo
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Dear Sandeep, will you provide reference for your 3rd point. 22 jihadis with their converted girls joined isis. ??? And don’t give reference of any shityhindu.com like website.

gee tee
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love-jihad is a truth but this report seems to be fake. 1. not a single caste from kerala is mentioned in the list, though one of its offices is in kerala. popular front of india not mentioning any kerala caste is baffling. they r strong in some pockets of kerala.

Mark
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Love jihad is the term used by people who want to show “hindu khatre mein hai”. There were inter- religious marriage before too, but ppl never were so insecure, as these ppl are. If you check it out, this term “love jihad”, was made popular recently by the so called “hindu/ gau rakshak”. What these rakshak(s) don’t understand or prefer not to understand is that they are creating a bad name for Hinduism .

abhijit acharya
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Good job men, thanks a lot from West Bengal.

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