An army of fake profiles attempt to discredit Narmada Bachao Andolan and Medha by impersonating the ousted people

“I'll never be able to forget my house, the place I grew up. But I understand how important Sardar Sarovar Dam is for development of 3 states.” When you first read this tweet it may seem like an emotional appeal from someone who lost his home to the ...
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Fake News Bulletin 1: Fake video of caste violence from Gujarat and more

A video of a couple who were stripped, thrashed and paraded around naked is being currently circulated as a video of caste violence in Gujarat. This same video is also being circulated as a video of caste violence in Uttar Pradesh. In reality, the vi...
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No Times Now, highest number of Pakistani visitors were under BJP rule

#ModiPunishesPak. Here comes yet another TimesNow promoted hashtag. Interesting that instead of China, the channel continues its focus on Pakistan. So why is Modi "punishing" Pakistan? How is he doing it? Has there been another surgical strike? What ...

PTI image of flooded Gujarat airport joins the long list of fake images in recent times

Overworked or lazy? While glorifying achievements or talking about disasters, fake pictures which are not remotely representative of an event have been repeatedly used to portray events. From media outlets to political parties, everybody is guilty of...

Malicious attempts to portray K.R. Narayanan, India’s first Dalit president, as a Christian

In their eagerness to project President Kovind as India's first Dalit president, fake news sites and even sections of media did not spare late president, K.R. Narayanan. "Shocking! K.R. Narayanan was first Christian President, not Dalit President," s...
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How BJP IT Cell’s smear machine works: A personal story

Having written for international publications for nearly two decades — first as a journalist and then as a columnist — by now I’ve grown used to the usual charges flung by some of those who happen to disagree with me. If I earned a dollar every ti...

“Amit Shah never flies in chartered planes”. Oh really, Financial Express?

"Amit Shah never flies in chartered planes, doesn’t stay at hotels rather prefers party workers home," claimed the headline of Financial Express story about the simple lifestyle of BJP President. "Never" is a strong word. Let us fact check this story...

Ban on sale of eggs and meat in Dadri due to Kanwar Yatra is not fake news

Here is an interesting variant to fake news - one where genuine news gets labelled as fake. This is a story about restrictions on the sale of eggs and meat in Dadri and other places along the path of the annual Kanwar Yatra. On July 19th, Navbhara...

News18 gets a lesson in flags from Twitter users – Pakistani flag vs Islamic flag

Pakistani flag in Uttar Pradesh? At least that is what News18India would like us to believe. "Uttar Pradesh, Gonda: Pakistani flag hoisted on an electricity pole, created tension", tweeted News18India. A picture of the flag accompanied the tweet. If ...
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Media bias: A tale of two riots – Basirhat in West Bengal vs Vadavali in Gujarat

“Where is the media?” This is a question that was frequently asked with reference to the recent Basirhat riots. There was a widespread belief among right-wingers that media did not give enough attention to Basirhat riots. Was the media missing? Did t...

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