Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Saudi Arabia for a day, on October 28, 2019. On his arrival at Riyadh, Governor of Riyadh, Prince Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, escorted him from the airport.
Right after Modi’s trip, a picture of him wearing the traditional Arabic headgear (keffiyeh) is going viral on social media. Claims are that the Prime Minister wore the traditional headdress to impress the Saudi King and woo investments.
A Facebook user posted the image with the claim in Hindi, that read, “Money is not God, but it is no lesser than God. Hindu Hriday Samrat @narendramodi dressing up to get investment in an economy destroyed by him.”
Paisa bhagwan nahi hota, lekin Ya Khuda, bhagwan se kam bhi nahi hota, (specially jab aap bhikari ban chuke ho)- Hindu…
A Twitter user @MyfellowIndians also tweeted the same picture with the same title.
Paisa bhagwan nahi hota, lekin Ya Khuda, bhagwan se kam bhi nahi hota, (specially jab aap bhikari ban chuke ho)-
— My Fellow Indians (@MyFellowIndians) October 30, 2019
NewsMeter team performed a reverse image search on the image and found that the original photos were tweeted by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on October 29. Prime Minister Modi also tweeted the video of his arrival at the Riyadh airport.
The Prime Minister landed in Saudi Arabia a short while ago. pic.twitter.com/l6WSNbsh7U
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) October 28, 2019
وصلت إلى المملكة العربية السعودية في مستهل زيارة هامة تهدف إلى تعزيز العلاقات مع دولة صديقة نعتز بها كثيرا. سوف انخرط في برامج حافلة خلال الزيارة . pic.twitter.com/6R80ZCFTVF
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 28, 2019
South Asia’s Multimedia agency ANI News has also published a video of Indian he attire of PM embarking on to two-day visit to Saudi Arabia. The attire of PM can be cross verified with that shared in the viral tweets.
The images, with the Prime Minister wearing the headgear, is blurry, indicating that it is photoshopped.
Claim: PM Modi wears Arabic headgear in Riyadh
Claim by: Twitter, Facebook
Fact Check: False. PM Modi did not wear Arabic headgear.
UPDATED: April 24, 2020