A Facebook user Shashikant Awate posted three photos to a public Facebook group by the name of “We Support Narendra Modi Ji” along with a caption in Hindi that closely translates to, “See, you blind followers,
Here is the Facebook
On searching Facebook with the content in Awate’s post, we found that many other users are sharing the same images with exactly the same claims.
The same content and photos are being shared widely on Twitter as well.
#अन्धे_चमचो देख लो #मेक_इन_इंडिया का आविष्कार, मोदीजी का #चमत्कार #ऑस्ट्रेलिया भेजा जा रहा है!(#रेल_कोच)… https://t.co/RSJcYnadTX
— 🇮🇳Mr.Aryan (@Mr_Aryan_Dalmau) 1548254047000
अन्धे चमचो देख लो मेक इन इंडिया का आविष्कार,,, मोदीजी का चमत्कार ऑस्ट्रेलिया भेजा जा रहा है,,,रेल कोच Namo again 🚩… https://t.co/twaB1NKf26
— Kala Chaturvedi (@kala_chaturvedi) 1548294789000
अन्धे चमचो देख लो मेक इन इंडिया का आविष्कार, मोदीजी का चमत्कार.. ऑस्ट्रेलिया भेजा जा रहा है रेल कोच..👍 #NamoAgain… https://t.co/UrTmNsi6YR
— 🔥..शिवम..🔥 (@prem_aaru) 1548250837000
The train coaches seen in the posts are not the ones made under Centre’s Make In India initiative. These are old photos taken from the internet and are being shared with the claim that these are the coaches exported to Australia from our country.
The claim, however, is not incorrect. We found a TOI
report from January 30, 2016, titled, “In a first, desi rail coaches exported to Australia” that talks about how six Indian-manufactured Metro rail coaches were exported to Australia and how some 450 such coaches will be exported to Australia by 2019.
VERIFICATION AND METHODOLOGY
Times Fact Check found where the three photos are originally from, and all it took were simple reverse-image searches on Google.
A reverse-image search on the above image will lead you to a page with results saying “Mumbai Metro” and a website “www.reliancemumbaimetro.com”.
If you dig deeper, you will find an
article on a website that goes by the name “Team BHP” that has the photo above and many other photos of the same coach under the title, “PICS: Mumbai Metro / Monorail”. It is clear from these pictures that this particular coach was not among the ones exported to Australia from India.
A reverse-image search on this photo will lead you to a
gallery on “Imgur” on Antonov AN-225, a gigantic cargo plane. We then found an article published on a website called www.newfoxy.com with the title, “Watch: The world’s largest cargo plane can swallow a 737 whole” that used the exact photo above. The clearer picture in the article shows there is “Antonov” written on the part above the train coach.
It is clear that this image, shared with the claim that the train coach seen in it is one among those exported to Australia from India, is actually of Antonov AN-225, the huge cargo plane. Here’s a video of the plane:
A reverse-image search on the photo above will lead you to results that talk about China’s largest high-speed train maker
article published on a blog www.metrorailnewsindia.wordpress.com but we also found another
article on a blog www.irctcnewsgroup.blogspot.com that used the same image and claimed that CRCC Corporation bagged an order to supply 76 coaches for Noida Metro.
It is certain that this is not one of the coaches that were made in India and then exported to Australia, but it’s true that many publications, including India Times, used this image in stories with a clear disclaimer that it’s a “Representational image”.
There is a fourth image that is being shared in some of the posts. This one –
If you look carefully, you can make out from what is written on banner that this coach is part of the first shipment for Hyderabad Metro.
Times Fact Check found that the photos shared as that of train coaches made in India under the Make In India initiative are taken from different websites and while the claim that