Kiren Rijiju’s tweet uses old photo, misleads unwitting citizens.

The Law & Justice Minister tweets old photo and several media outlets uses the same photo claiming that it was taken during Kiren Rijiju's visit to Tawang.


Yangtse area in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh is fully secured now due to adequate deployment of the brave jawans of Indian Army.

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In the ongoing winter session of the Parliament, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh informed the Parliament that Chinese Army transgressed the the Line of Actual Control at Yangtse, Tawang of Arunachal Pradesh on 9th December but was successfully pushed back by the Indian Army.

Kiren Rijiju, Minister of Law & Justice

This created a political storm which led to sharp criticism of the Government by the opposition parties, who wanted to discuss the issue in Parliament, but were not permitted to, which resulted in disruption of the Parliament over several sessions. On 17th December, Kiren Rijiju, Minister of Law and Justice, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh tweeted a photo supposedly with the Indian army in Tawang.


What’s the truth?

When we did a reverse image search, we found that the image is actually from 2019. Interestingly, Kiren Rijiju tweeted the picture in October 2019 when he spent Diwali with the Indian Army’s infantry regiment, the Arunachal Scouts.

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The recent Chinese transgression into India’s territory had led to spreading of many old videos as though it was taken from Tawang during the latest clash between Indian & Chinese Army.

Read More: Old, undated videos and images shared as recent visuals from December 9 clash

Kiren Rijiju’s usage of this image in his recent tweet and the usage of the same photo by many news outlets led many to believe that the Minister had visited Tawang recently, as there had not been any such official photos released, and at this point, it is unclear whether the Minister had visited the entrenched

Right wing website OpIndia had written an article in which it claimed that the image was taken with the Army soldiers during his recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang.

The article said “Days after Indian soldiers clashed with the Chinese military in the Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh, Arunachal MP and law minister Kiren Rijiju reached the clash point today. Posting photographs with the Indian armed forces at the Yangtse area at the Indo-China border, Rijiju said that Arunachal Pradesh is fully secured after additional troops have been deployed.”


Usage of old photo in Kiren Rijiju’s tweet and subsequent reporting by many news outlets using the image misled unwitting citizens that the photo was taken recently.

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Ramasamy Jayaprakash

Ramasamy works as a Senior Sub-Editor at YouTurn and writes articles in Tamil and English. He also makes videos for YouTurn's Tamil & English YouTube channels.
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