An unofficial Facebook fan page dedicated to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shared a photoshopped picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi wearing a Bohra cap, on Saturday.
The page, Dr Manmohan Singh – Fan Club, which has over 5,70,000 followers on Facebook, shared the poorly photoshopped image with the caption ‘Mulla Modi!.’
Despite many pointing out in the comments that the image was photoshopped the page has not deleted the photo. The post received over 200 shares at the time of writing this story. (Click here to view an archived version of the post)
The prime minister on Friday met Bohra community leader Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin at Indore’s Saifee Nagar Mosque in his bid to reach out to the small but influential Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community. The event was organised to mark Ashara Mubaraka, which is a gathering organised every year to commemorate Prophet Mohammad and the martyrdom of his grandson Imam Husain. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan accompanied the prime minister to the event where over 2 lakh Bohra Muslims from all over the world had gathered, Times of India reported. (Read more about it here)
The prime minister’s verified Twitter handle and verified Facebook page posted photos from the event.
It is always wonderful to meet Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin. Saint and scholar, his commitment towards nation building is appreciable. He is at the forefront of several community service initiatives. pic.twitter.com/qLUUJN6Lpw
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 14, 2018
Magnifying the image it is clear the picture has been edited as can be seen from scattered pixels around the prime minister’s face.
The same image posted by the Modi’s verified Facebook page where the PM can be seen without any headgear does not show any distortion.
The scrutiny Modi is subjected to while meeting leaders from the minority community especially Muslims has an interesting history. During his Sadbhavana fast in Ahmedabad in September 2011, Modi had refused to put on a ‘skull cap’ offered by a Muslim cleric. Politely refusing to wear it, Modi asked the cleric to offer him a shawl instead. The Imam did so and Modi accepted it.