Indian General Elections

Did Rahul Gandhi Lie On 'Modilie'? It's His 'dictionary' Versus The Rest

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:


  • In an attempt to attack Prime Minister Modi, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and said that there was a new word inducted into English dictionary called 'Modilie
  • On doing a fact check, it seemed that the Congress president's claim isn't entirely accurate.

In an attempt to attack Prime Minister Modi, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and said that there was a new word inducted into English dictionary called 'Modilie'. However, on doing a fact check, it seems that the Congress president's claim isn't entirely accurate. 

Here is Rahul Gandhi's tweet: 

On searching about the dictionary, Republic TV found that the dictionary that most resembles Rahul Gandhi's is the well-known Oxford Living Dictionary and it contains no word like Modilie. In contrast, Rahul Gandhi posted a snap of a dictionary called 'English living dictionary' showing that 'Modilie' means a person who constantly modifies truth, one who lies habitually, and one who lies without respite'.

Here is the snap of the Oxford dictionary that shows there no word called 'Modilie'. There is a striking resemblance between the two pages, with subtle differences such as the logo, which appears to form the letter 'O' in Rahul Gandhi's dictionary but forms the letter 'd' in the Oxford version.

An internet check on other dictionaries also shows there is no word like 'Modilie'. Here are the snapshots of some other dictionaries:




Rahul Gandhi's latest lie comes at the culmination of an acrimonious campaign before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls which, as per the BJP, has seen the Congress president issue untruths at every turn, including the following:

  • His campaign's primary plank being based on alleging a scam in the Rafale deal between India and France. In February, Rahul Gandhi had lent his weight to an alleged Ministry of Defence document which had highlighted that the Prime Minister's Officer had intervened in the MMRCA acquisition negotiations between the two countries. However, it later turned out that relevant sections of the document had been fatally cropped to push the Congress narrative.
  • He has received a Home Ministry notice seeking clarification on his citizenship. This comes following documents emerging that show that in erstwhile London-based company Backops Ltd's filings, the Congress president, who was promoter, company secretary and director, had listed his citizenship as British. Furthermore, a related complaint via which an independent Amethi Lok Sabha poll candidate had attempted to challenge Rahul Gandhi's candidature also mentions discrepancies in the latter's educational qualifications and even his name - Raul Vinci vs Rahul Gandhi.
  • Perhaps the biggest 'lie' that Rahul Gandhi has been accused of repeating (unabatedly) is over the farm loan waivers that the Congress had promised in the three Hindi heartlant states in which it had come to power in the end-2018 assembly election polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. While the Congress president has continued to boast that the farm loans were waived as promised within 10 days of the Congress forming governments in the states, as recently as last week, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath conceded that it hadn't been possible to waive loans in such a short time, the truth having been brought to light in Republic TV's sensational #OperationKarzMaafi sting expose.