Doctored image of Modi surveying flood scene deleted

An undoctored photograph (top left) showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveying an area of rain-hit Chennai was posted on his Twitter feed. The Press Information Bureau also published on its website a similar photo (bottom) with a much clearer ima
An undoctored photograph (above) showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveying an area of rain-hit Chennai was posted on his Twitter feed. The Press Information Bureau also published on its website a similar photo with a much clearer image of a flood scene. it was later taken down.PHOTOS: PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU, PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
An undoctored photograph (top left) showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveying an area of rain-hit Chennai was posted on his Twitter feed. The Press Information Bureau also published on its website a similar photo (bottom) with a much clearer ima
An undoctored photograph showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveying an area of rain-hit Chennai was posted on his Twitter feed. The Press Information Bureau also published on its website a similar photo (above) with a much clearer image of a flood scene. it was later taken down.PHOTOS: PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU, PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

NEW DELHI • A doctored photo released by the Indian government showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveying severe flooding from a helicopter has been deleted, and his office promised remedial action after criticism on social media.

Mr Modi travelled to Tamil Nadu's capital, Chennai, on Thursday to get a first-hand view of the disaster, after the strongest rains in a century killed more than 280 people over a month and displaced thousands of residents.

The government's Press Information Bureau (PIB) published a photo on its website that showed Mr Modi looking through the round window of a helicopter, through which a clear view of waterlogged buildings was visible. It was later taken down.

A similar photograph, but with a blurred view through the window, was posted on Mr Modi's personal Twitter feed (@narendramodi).

Commentators on social media accused the PIB of digitally manipulating its version of the picture. The Prime Minister's office was shocked to see facts being distorted, said a senior official who declined to be named, adding that officials from the press office had been summoned.

Humorists published their own photoshopped images of Mr Modi. One showed the Premier looking through the helicopter window at Earth as seen from the moon.

"Where no more countries are left to visit," tweeted @brownbrumby, taking a jibe at Mr Modi's extensive foreign travel.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 05, 2015, with the headline 'Doctored image of Modi surveying flood scene deleted'. Print Edition | Subscribe