Hyderabad: A black-and-white video allegedly showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi doing yoga has been doing the rounds of social media.

A Twitter user shared the photo and wrote, "You have never seen Mr. Modi in his yogi form." (archive)

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Fact Check:

NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found a YouTube video uploaded on 31 May 2009. According to the description of the video, the men in the video are Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar and Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and that the video is from 1938.

We also found another video that had scenes from the viral clip and according to the caption, the person doing yoga here is BKS Iyengar, the founder of the style of yoga known as 'Iyengar Yoga'. He was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world.

We compared shots of the viral video and the YouTube clips with photos from BKS Iyengar's official website and found that the man is indeed Iyengar.

Apart from this, it should be noted that Narendra Modi was born on 17 September 1950 and the video is from 1938.

Hence, the claim that the man in the video is Mr. Modi is FALSE.

Claim Review :   Clip from 1938 video of PM Modi doing yoga
Claimed By :  Twitter Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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