Fact Check: Viral Post’s Claim That Rahul Gandhi Reading Kannada Newspaper Is Fake

An image of Rahul Gandhi reading a newspaper is doing the rounds on social media. Many users have shared the picture saying that he doesn’t know Hindi properly, and here he is reading a Kannada newspaper.

A Facebook user published viral photo with a caption: जिसको हिंदी से हिंदी पुधनी नही आती वो कननाड का अक्बोर रहा है है … (English translation: A person who cannot read Hindi properly is reading a Kannada newspaper. This pastime leaves no stone unturned in entertainment.)

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NewsMobile verified the viral photo, and found it to be misleading.

Doing a reverse image search, we found a news article titled: Rahul Gandhi slams BJP at launch of National Herald commemorative edition, says government is forcing everyone to shut uppublished in Financial Express, June 12, 2017. The image in the article matches the viral photo, and it was reported that Gandhi had visited Bengaluru to attend the launch of the commemorative edition. National Herald.

A the tweet The ANI news agency, dated June 12, 2017, confirms the claims made. Financial Express.

The ‘About Us’ section of the official website National Herald reports that its newspaper editorial team is in three languages English, Hindi and Urdu. We could not find any Kannada edition of the newspaper.

The electronic paper section of the website National Herald Under the Commemorative Banglore subsection — it carries one of Gandhi’s photos, which is similar to the message on the vial.

The first and last pages of the newspaper were in Kannada, and the rest of the edition was in English.

Therefore, we can say that the claim of viral publication is misleading.

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