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Fact Check: A fake quote 'Corona broke my faith in religion' falsely attributed to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

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The viral image of a Hindi newspaper report attributing quotes to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is photoshopped. 

Recently, an image of a Hindi newspaper report on RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is getting viral on social media. The news report in the image has a headline "Corona broke my faith in religion - Mohan Bhagwat." (Translated from Hindi)

A Facebook user shared this image with a caption "Corona broke my faith in religion, Mohan Bhagwat. Devotees, will you believe in God or on doctors and nurses"

The same image is being widely circulated on WhatsApp.

We also received a request to check the veracity of the claim. 

In the viral news article it is further alleged that Bhagwat advised closing all the temples of the country forever and he also criticized appeals made by PM Modi to clap in appreciation of corona warriors and to lit the lamp campaign.

The truth behind the claim

At the very face of it, the Hindi news report appears fake. 

The color and font used for the Headline are different than what is used in newspapers. The text used in the news report on the left is lighter while the one used in the Bhagat's news report is darker. The news is attributed to 'agency', with no name. Also, the background of Mohan Bhagwat's picture is different from the rest of the portion which suggests that the picture has been superimposed on it.

We also did not find any media report claiming the same. 

On further research, with the help of relevant keywords search, we found a tweet by Akhil Bharatiya Sah Prachar Pramukh of RSS, Narendra Kumar, who denied the claims made in this viral news report. He said that the claims made in this news report are fake, Mohan Bhagwat has not made any such statements. 

All these pieces of information lead us to the conclusion that the viral image of a Hindi newspaper report attributing quotes to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is photoshopped. 

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