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Twitter Fact Checks Kiran Bedi’s Fake Video Of PM Modi’s Mother Celebrating Diwali

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Twitter Fact Checks Kiran Bedi’s Fake Video Of PM Modi’s Mother Celebrating Diwali

No, that’s not the prime minister’s 97-year old mother Hiraba dancing on Diwali.

 

 

A video of an old woman playing Garba is being shared as a video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 97-year old mother Heeraben Modi celebrating Diwali at her home.

 

Twitter users were quick to call out the video shared by Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, who later on tweeted that it was a case of mistaken identity.

 

 

 

While we were not able to find much about the identity or age of the woman in the video, the video itself has existed since September on YouTube.

 

The song playing in the background is one associated with the festival of Navaratri and not Diwali.

 

 

 

Another YouTube video claims the woman is a 100 years old though there is no evidence to support the claim.

 

None of the video’s previous descriptions refer to the woman as Heeraben Modi nor does the woman bear any resemblance to the prime minister’s mother.

 

 

screenshot of an image search result for Hiraba Modi

 

Bedi later tweeted out a clarification.

 


BOOM found text similar to Bedi’s original tweet on Facebook indicating that the video must have first originated on WhatsApp and is now making its way to social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

 

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