Facebook posts claiming Prime Minister Narendra Modi was ranked first in the list of 50 of the world’s most honest politicians’, is fake.
Shared on several Facebook pages, the posts claim, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi ranked first in a list of 50 most honest politicians released by the United States”.
(Translated from Hindi: अमेरिका में जारी पचास सबसे ईमानदार नेताओ में भारत के एकमात्र नेता हमारे नरेंद्र मोदी वो प्रथम स्थान पर | we should proud of our PM).
Not only is the claim grammatically incorrect, it doesn’t hold water otherwise as well. However, similar posts have been shared on several Facebook pages.
The claim has also been debunked by India Today.
BOOM looked up the internet for a list of ’50 most honest politicians’ in the world but could find any such list. However, we found other rankings over the years which featured the prime minister.
An article published in the American business magazine Forbes published in 2018 ranked the Indian prime minister ninth on the list of World’s Most Powerful People. Xi Jinping, president of the People’s Republic of China is ranked first on the list.
In its list of 50 greatest world leaders published in 2015, Fortune magazine ranked Narendra Modi at number five.
Fortune’s list of 50 greatest world leaders in 2018 did not include Narendra Modi’s name. In fact, the top ten slots of the list has no one from India.
Modi had also made it to the Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in 2017.
BOOM could not find a single list of ‘most honest leaders’ that was released by the United States. However, we found news reports which said the former US president Barrack Obama felt ‘Modi was an honest and direct politician’, according to then White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. The article published in 2015 can be accessed here.
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Sumit is a fact checker and the News Editor of Boom's Hindi wing. In the six years of his journalistic career, he has worked with the New Indian Express, Times of India and Deccan Chronicle. The dynamic nature of digital media finally made him take the leap from print to online, and don the hat of a digital detective.
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