Fact Check: Don’t fall for this morphed picture of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh putting nimbu-mirchi on the border

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A picture of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is doing rounds on social media claiming that he is putting Nimbu-Mirchi (lemon and chilli) on the border. The post claims that bullets from another country cannot enter our country and Defence Minister has been compared to Lord Hanuman and how he helped Karn in Mahabharata.

The post also claims that one day these superstitions will ruin our country.

The Facebook caption read, “अब नींबू मिर्ची #भारतीय #सरहद पर लटका/बांध दिया गया है।अब कोई भी गोली/बारूद अगर सरहद पार से आयेगा तो नींबू और मिर्ची में समाहित हो जाएगा ठीक वैसे ही जैसे महाभारत के युद्ध में कर्ण के अस्त्रों और शस्त्रों को अर्जुन के रथ पर सवार भगवान हनुमान कर लिए थे जिसे अब हमारा कोई भी #सैनिक #शहीद नहीं होगा। मै तो कहता हूं लगे हाथ अब चाहिए की इन सैनिकों को भी घर भेज देना चाहिए #पकौड़ा तलने और बेचने के लिए। देश के कितने ज्ञानियों और महान लोगों ने इन आडंबरों को समाप्त करना चाहा है परन्तु कुछ लोभी/भोगी अपनी धंधा चलता रहे, पूरे देश को अंधविश्वास की खाई में धकेलना चाहते है,धकेलते रहे है। धिक्कार_है😢☹️

(English Translation: Now lime and chilli have been hung on the border. Now if any bullet will come from the cross of the border, it will be absorbed in lemon and chilli, just like in the war of Mahabharat, Lord Hanuman took all the arrows sents by Karna. According to me, all the soldiers should also be sent home. How many wise and great people of the country have wanted to end these pageantries, but some just continue doing it.  They want to throw the whole country into the ditch of superstition. )
We found the same picture on Twitter as well. Other posts with the same picture can be seen here, here and here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be misleading.
On putting the picture through Google Reverse Image Search, we found the original picture of the Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh in an article by Outlook India dated October 9, 2019.

The picture caption read, “Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh writes onto a Rafale jet fighter as a ritual gesture during a handover ceremony at the Dassault Aviation plant in Merignac, near Bordeaux, southwestern France.”

Further, we found this picture in another article on The Siasat Daily, dated October 9, 2019, claiming that Rajnath Singh performs Shastra Puja in Paris after receiving first Rafael Fighter Jet.

Hence, the above information clearly states that the picture Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is morphed and claims of putting ‘Nimbu Mirchi’ on the borders are FALSE. Don’t fall for these misleading claims.