A Time magazine cover showing Adolf Hitler’s face partly juxtaposed with that of Prime Minister Modi is going viral on Twitter. However, when we checked, we found that this poster was edited. Let’s see the viral illustration and its truth.
We can see in the tweet above, the cover of TIME magazine featuring Prime Minister Modi. PM Modi is compared to Adolf Hitler and the headline on the cover says,
“The Return of History
How Modi shattered India’s dreams
The caption of the tweet contains the hashtag #ModiShamesIndia. The tweet has received over 680 retweets and nearly 2,000 likes so far. However, did TIME Magazine actually publish such an illustration? Let us find out!
We checked the TIME magazine website and couldn’t find any covers or illustrations on their website. You can see the screenshot of all the covers published by TIME magazine below.
We also checked the covers issued by TIME since 2014, but found no cover featuring the Prime Minister of India on the website, except for the May 18, 2015 edition titled “Why Modi Matters” . The edition featured an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Modi.
We also checked PM Modi’s covers on TIME Magazine’s Twitter account. TIME’s Twitter handle also did not tweet such a poster. The last time TIME tweeted a cover with an illustration of Modi was in May 2019. The magazine featured an article by Taser Aatish who called Prime Minister Modi “India’s chief divider”. The cover also mentions an article by Ian Bremer titled ‘Modi the Reformer.’
When we searched further on TIME magazine’s Twitter account, we found a cover with a title similar to the one we see on the edited cover. The headline on the cover reads: “History Returns…How Putin Shattered Europe’s Dreams”. The cover was tweeted in March this year to cover the Russian-Ukrainian war.
The edited image appears to have been created by modifying this particular image. We also found a similar illustration created by a Twitter user where he likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler.
Twitter user named Patrick Mulder had created this poster. After the tweet went viral, many thought it was the real cover of TIME magazine. After which he posted a video showing how he created the cover.
The poster featuring PM Modi appears to have been inspired by this poster. Only Putin has been replaced here by Modi. You can see a comparison between the original and the fake covers.
The cover of TIME magazine that went viral on Twitter describing PM Modi as Adolf Hitler was found to be false in our investigation. TIME has not published any such poster of the Indian Prime Minister.
Title:TIME Magazine did not publish a cover Equating PM Modi to Hitler…
Fact check by: Harish Nair