Farmers have been protesting for several months now against three agricultural laws passed by the parliament in August. Amid the ongoing demonstrations, a video of a Sikh family is making the rounds on social media. A woman and two children also appear here. In the video, these individuals are praising Prime Minister Modi. They can be heard saying that there is no prime minister like Modi in the whole world while standing in salute. Twitter user Mahaveer Jain tweeted this clip with the caption, “We have a great leader with us #KisanStandsWithModi #FarmersWithPmModi.” It garnered over 21,000 views at the time of writing. (Archive link)
— महावीर जैन, ಮಹಾವೀರ್ ಜೈನ, Mahaveer Jain (@MahaveerVJ) December 7, 2020
In a now-deleted tweet, BJP’s State Spokesperson Gaurav Goel had shared the visuals too. His post also contained the hashtag ‘#FarmersWithPmModi’. (Archive link)
This viral clip also made its way to Facebook with the accompanying claim. (Archive link)
हमारे पास एक ऐसे प्रधानमंत्री हैं जिनका कोई निजी हित नहीं हैं। वे जीते हैं तो सिर्फ #भारतमाता की आन के लिए और देश की जनता की शान के लिए। आओ ऐसे महान प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी जी का हम सभी समर्थन करें।
Posted by Narayan Patel on Monday, December 7, 2020
Alt News performed a reverse image of a few frames from the video and found that it had been posted on Facebook on April 21. It was created by TikTok user @chachabhatijaa. This user also has a Facebook page by the same name.
We also found a video posted on April 23 by a YouTube channel called Hello Giridih. The caption reads, “Giridih’s TikTok star Taranjit Singh’s video has gone viral #tiktokvideo #giridih.” The man is identified here as Taranjit Singh, a resident of Giridih.
We reached out to Singh for more information about this clip. “I recorded this on April 20. This video has nothing to do with the ongoing farmers’ protests. It was recorded while we were under lockdown. The number of Covid cases in India seemed to be under control at the time compared to the rest of the world. So, we created this to appreciate Prime Minister Modi’s decisions related to the Covid pandemic,” he revealed.
Singh shared a photo of an ABP News broadcast from April 22 where the video was covered.
While the viral TikTok creator has not made any comments about the farmers’ protests, he did share an image in support of India’s farmers on the ‘Chachabhatijaa’ Facebook page on December 10. (Archive link)
Therefore, an old TikTok video from April is being falsely shared as recent to drum up propaganda around the farmers’ protests.
This post was originally published on Radio Free.