HYDERABAD: An image of Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani and RSS General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale holding a photograph of Ram Mandir has gone viral on social media.
"Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ke Mahasachiv Uttar Pradesh Dattatreya Hosabale (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's General Secretary Uttar Pradesh Dattatreya Hosable)," reads the caption of the image
The image is morphed.
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found 2016 news report by Times of India and Economic times that carried a similar image of Nita Ambani. She is seen wearing the same dress and has the same bodily gestures as seen in the viral image. She had attended an event in Ahmedabad, where Reliance Foundation had pledged to support and revive a 400-year old art `Pichwai', a style of painting images of Lord Krishna on cloth. In the news report, Nita Ambani was holding a Pichavai style painting of Lord Krishna. Another reverse image search led to a similar image of Dattatreya Hosabale in an opinion piece on a website called 'NewsTrack'.
It should be noted that in both the original images, the dress, and bodily gestures match the viral image. These images were cropped, flipped, and morphed together.
Furthermore, the image of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat hanging on the wall was carried by Hindustan Times. The photo was taken when Yogi and Mohan Bhagwat were at the annual Bharatatma Ashokji Singhal Vedic Awards 2017 function in New Delhi.
Evidently, the viral image is fake. Three different pictures from different events were morphed together and passed with a false claim.