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Did Switzerland’s Matterhorn mountain lit up our flag after India supplied HCQ tablets?

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An image of the Indian National flag being projected on Switzerland’s Matterhorn mountain is going viral with a misleading message.

Claim: “Matterhorn mountain in Swiss Alps lighted with tricolour in the name of HOPE after India under @narendramodi supplied HCQ tablets & leads the #Covid_19 battle… #IndiaFightsCorona”.


BJP National General Secretary BL Santosh tweeted an image with the same claim and the post has been retweeted more than 2,600 times.




The official Facebook page of Prasar Bharti News Service also posted an image with the same claim.


Many others shared the photo and the claim on Facebook.



The image of the Indian National flag being projected on Switzerland’s Matterhorn mountain is true. However, the claim shared with the image that this happened after India supplied the HCQ tablets to Switzerland is false. With the keyword search on Twitter that led us to a tweet by the official handle of the Indian embassy in Switzerland. As per the tweet, the Indian tricolour was projected on the Matterhorn mountain to express solidarity to all Indian in the fight against COVID-19.

The official Twitter account of Zermatt Tourism also shared the image with the caption, “The Indian flag on the Matterhorn, Switzerland’s landmark, is intended to express our solidarity and give hope and strength to all Indians.”

Zermatt-Matterhorn also shared flags of several other countries fighting the pandemic were projected on the mountain and not just the Indian tricolour.


This confirms that the gesture was meant to express solidarity with all Indians in the fight against COVID-19 and had nothing to do with HCQ supply at all.



























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Shweta Jamsandekar

An aspiring journalist from Symbiosis institute of media and communication.