What is the truth behind PM Modi’s picture on a stamp?

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Claim

Turkey has issued a stamp of 2.80 Lira bears a picture of PM Narendra Modi & an Indian National Flag 🇮🇳

Proud to have a PM after Congress Era 😂

Pappu should try his speech or luck as PM in pakistan where there is no Pegasus might he will win 😂😅

Jai Hind ✌️🇮🇳

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Explanation

Turkey and Syria experienced devastating earthquakes in the first week of February 2023 leaving tens of thousands of people killed and millions affected. India has sent relief materials along with a rescue team to help the people affected by the earthquake. Now, the image of Modi’s photo on a Turkey stamp is being circulated on social media users saying that the Turkish government has released a postage stamp with the Indian flag and Prime Minister Modi’s photo was a token of gratitude and to honour Modi. Some of the posts with such a claim can be seen here and here.

What is the truth?

This image was viral in 2019 with a similar claim and Youturn fact-checked and published an article in Tamil on 13, April 2019.

The G20 summit was held in Turkey on 15, November 2015. All the members of G20 across the world participated in the summit. Personalized stamps of all the G20 summit leaders were presented by Turkish President Erdogan.

The India Times article dated 15, November 2015 is found carrying the viral image mentioning that “The Turkish series had a total of 33 such stamps with photos of all country representatives taking part in the Summit, as a way to honour their important guests”.

The ‘G20 Turkey’ Twitter page is found carrying the viral image in one of its posts dated 18, November 2015 with the caption “President Erdoğan presented a special edition stamp collection of all the leaders attending the #G20AntalyaSummit”.

The tweet has a link to ‘Flickr’ website where the collection of all the stamps is captioned as “Personalized stamps of G20 Turkey Summit Leaders are seen after they were presented by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (not seen) in remembrance of G20 Turkey Leaders Summit in Antalya, Turkey on November 16, 2015.”

The Flickr webpage also has an image of the Turkish President presenting the personalized stamp to Prime Minister Modi in remembrance of G20 Turkey leaders.

Conclusion

It is found that the image of the stamp bearing Modi’s photo is true, but it is not a recent one. Personalized stamps of all G20 summit leaders including Modi were released in 2015 during the G20 summit in Turkey.

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