Hyderabad: Several images emerged on Sunday, July 26, as India remembered the 1999 Kargil war martyrs on its 21st anniversary. One of the images that went viral showed a missile plastered with the message ‘From Raveena Tandon to Nawaz Sharif,’ and an Indian Air Force personnel prepping it for battle.

 

 

It was said that the missile shown here was being loaded on India’s IAF Mig 27 during the Kargil war with Pakistan, and that was meant to taunt Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who claimed that Raveena Tandon was his favourite actress.

Fact Check

The claim that India sent missiles to Pakistan with a love message from actress Raveena Tandon is TRUE. 

NewsMeter verified the image through Google Reverse Image search with keywords ‘Kargil War Raveena Tandon,’ and several results proved the claim.

In an interview with Scroll.in in 2017, Raveena Tandon was asked about the image, to which she replied, “I am aware of the picture and what probably inspired it. But I also visited the soldiers during the war and came back shaken…I do not advocate war. I would rather have people sit down and talk out their differences. But if my children or my country are under serious, real danger, I will go all out to defend them (sic).”

The Print and TimesNowNews have also confirmed the facticity of the photograph.

In an opinion piece for The Print,

The actress has also posted photographs of her visit to the warfront in 1999.

Upon browsing TFIPost, we came to know that the text written on the photograph was a response to comments made by personnel of the Pakistan Army.

TFIPost writes, “Captain Sachin Nimbalkar and his men were stuck behind a large rock for 3 days. During this time, the Pakistani Army members taunted them to take a deceased Indian Army personnel’s body by saying, ‘Mare hue ko lejao nahi to Madhuri aur Raveena ko Hume dedo, bus’ (You can take this dead man, only if you give us Madhuri Dixit and Raveena Tandon).” (sic)

TFIPost further said that the message on the missile was a response to this very comment.

Hence, the claim that India sent missiles to Pakistan with ‘From Raveena Tandon to Nawaz Sharif’ written on them during the Kargil war is TRUE.    

Priyali Dhingra

Priyali Dhingra is a post graduate in Communication Studies from Hyderabad Central University. She has previously worked as a photojournalist, editorial, and graphic design intern in The Indian Express, Newslaundry, and NDTV. Reigning from Delhi, she has an avid interest in photojournalism, and all things visual. She has also represented India as a delegate in the JENESYS 2019 Student Exchange Program with the Government of Japan. Having pursued her graduation in history from Delhi University, she was also a part of her college's theatre society. Her primary interests include: photography, poetry & politics.

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