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PM Modi’s letter appealing citizens to buy made in India products this Diwali is not authentic

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A post accompanying a letter attributed to Prime Minister Modi, wherein he appeals to the citizens to buy only made-in-India products during this Diwali is being widely shared across the social media platforms. Let’s fact-check the authenticity of the letter shared in the post.

The archived version of this post can be found here

Claim: Prime Minister Modi’s letter to citizens appealing them to buy only made-in-India products during this Diwali.

Fact: In recent times, Prime Minister Modi did not make any such appeal, specifically in the backdrop of Diwali. Further, the same letter is being shared on the internet at least since 2016. Back in 2016, PM Modi through a tweet alerted that few unauthentic documents with PM’s signature were being shared. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.

Of late, Prime Minister Modi did not make any such appeal, specifically requesting people to buy only Indian-made goods. If at all the Prime Minister had made such an appeal, the media would have reported it widely, however, we could not find any such media reports.

At the same time, this letter is not a recent one. Reverse image search of the photo led us to a 2016 Facebook post which shared the same letter. With this, we can conclude that this letter is doing rounds on the internet at least since 2016. Further, back in 2016, PM Modi through a tweet alerted that few unauthentic documents with PM’s signature, similar to the one in the post are being shared on social media.

On comparing Modi’s letter to singers Aditya Narayan and Shweta Agarwal, wishing them on the occasion of their marriage back in 2020 with the viral letter, we find many differences such as indentation, line spacing, text alignment, etc. The viral letter is in no way close to the one written by Modi. Also, the availability of Modi’s signature on the internet makes it easy for miscreants to create such documents in the name of Modi using digital tools.

To sum it up, PM Modi’s letter appealing to citizens to buy made-in-India products this Diwali is not authentic.

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