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No, This Is Not A Childhood Photo Of Narendra Modi With His Mother

No, This Is Not A Childhood Photo Of Narendra Modi With His Mother

A Google reverse image showed several news articles which identified the toddler as former President APJ Abdul Kalam with his mother.

A black and white photograph of a toddler with his mother is viral on social media with the claim that it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s childhood photograph along with his mother Heeraben Modi.

Modi and his mother WhatsApp post
WhatsApp message

BOOM received the above photo on its WhatsApp helpline number (7700906111) inquiring if it was indeed Modi.

Facebook Post

The photo was also shared on Facebook with the caption, “Narendra Modi’s childhood photo with his Mother!”

The Hindi text reads, “This is the child, who shook 132 crore people, Narendra Modi with his mother”

“यही है वो बच्चा , जिससने 132 करोड लोगोंको हिलाकर रखदिया नरेन्द्र मोदी अपनी माँ हिराबेन के साथ”

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Facebook Post claiming the photo is of Modi childhood
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The same photograph went viral in 2016 on Facebook with the misleading claim.

Photograph viral on Facebook earlier with misleading claim
Photograph viral on Facebook earlier with misleading claim

BOOM performed a Google reverse image search which threw up several news articles that identified the toddler as Former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam with his mother Ashiamma Jainulabiddin.

According to an India Today article dated May 8, 2016, titled ’20 proud mothers of famous Indians on Mother’s Day’, the same photo is used and stating that it is a childhood photo of former President Kalam.

India Today article
India Today article

Another article titled ‘APJ Abdul Kalam death anniversary: 10 unknown facts about Missile Man’ by Jagran Josh dated July 27, 2018, has the complete family photo identifying Former President Kalam.

Jagran Josh article
Jagran Josh article.

BOOM could not independently verify if the photograph or the source of its origins.

This misleading claim with the photograph had been earlier debunked by Aaj Tak and BBC Hindi.

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Claim Review : Childhood Photo Of Narendra Modi With His Mother

Fact Check : FALSE


Anmol Alphonso is a fact-checker with BOOM. He has previously interned at IndiaSpend as a fact-checker and was a reporting intern at Times of India, Indian Express, and Mid-Day. He is a post-graduate diploma holder in journalism from St Paul’s Institute of Communication Education, Mumbai.

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