Terrorist Osama Bin Laden’s doll found in NDTV studio, Ravish Kumar comes to defend it

A Twitter user has shared a screenshot on social media in which a mysterious doll could be seen placing on the desk of NDTV journalist Vishnu Som. This mysterious doll resembles global terrorist Osama Bin Laden.

After the screenshot went viral on social media, netizens started trolling NDTV. Several netizens took to Twitter to speculate whether the statue was that of Osama Bin Laden and if so, why would a journalist want to keep memorabilia of a dreaded terrorist.

Soon after the screenshot caught everyone’s attention social media, NDTV’s Ravish Kumar tried to defend his colleague by stating that these images were photo-shopped by BJP’s IT cell. 

He wrote on Facebook, “IT Cell (referring to BJP) checks every day whether the people they target have learnt to outsmart them. My colleague Vishnu Som has a Russian Matryoshka doll on his table. It is now being ‘photoshopped’ to look like the picture of terrorist Osama Bin Laden. The fake image has been circulated several times. It is written in your destiny that you will be fooled in this manner. First, they created a different perception of NDTV in your mind. They trigger it from time to time to see if the malicious perception is intact. So, they target me or my colleagues with photoshopped images and fake news.”

But later, a video was found on NDTV’s official youtube channel which clearly shows that the doll of a slain terrorist ‘Osama’ was kept on the desk of Vishnu Som.

As soon as the video was found, Ravish Kumar changed his previous statement and tried to defend himself by saying that these dolls can be found publicly and this is no big deal. However, he did not apologise for his false claims about the viral image being photoshopped.

Dharam Sikarwar
Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.