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Controversy over Netaji portrait at Rashtrapati Bhavan

President Ram Nath Kovind was dragged into a controversy on Monday after he unveiled the portrait of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Rashtrapati Bhavan to commemorate his 125th birth anniversary celebrations.

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New Delhi, First Published Jan 25, 2021, 4:38 PM IST
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President Ram Nath Kovind was dragged into a controversy on Monday after he unveiled the portrait of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at Rashtrapati Bhavan to commemorate his 125th birth anniversary celebrations.

Controversy erupted when some people on social media, including prominent journalists, claimed that President Kovind had unveiled the portrait of actor Prasenjit Chatterjee, who essayed the role of Netaji in Srijit Mukherjee's 'Gumnaami'.

 

 

The rumour flew like wildfire on social media, some even coming up with alternate theories.

Another group, meanwhile, claimed that the portrait unveiled at the Rashtrapati Bhavan created by artist Paresh Maity was indeed that of Netaji. 

 

 

Some said that the portrait was based on the photograph provided by Netaji's grand-niece Jayanti Bose Rakshit. 

 

 

 

Some others had second thoughts much later. Verified Twitter users like journalist Rajdeep Sardesai and TMC MP Mahua Moitra deleted their posts condemning the Rashtrapati Bhavan's post.

Here are the two photos side by side. We leave it up to you to to decide whose photo is on the portrait.

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