Prime Minister Narendra Modi read out an Urdu couplet and attributed it to Ghalib, which the 19th-century poet did not compose.
“Ta aumra Ghalib yeh bhool karta raha, dhool chehre pet thi aaina saaf karta raha (I continued to commit this mistake whole life, kept washing mirror while my face was dirty),” PM Modi quoted this couplet while responding to senior Congress parliamentarian Ghulam Nabi Azad.
But this couplet is not part of Deewan-e-Ghalib, a compendium of poetry composed by Mirza Ghalib.
Social media and a few websites devoted to Urdu poetry are full of threads debating this misquoting or misattribution to Ghalib.
Experts have attributed this oft-shared couplet on social media to an imposter, who has not been identified. The couplet lacks the meter, which Ghalib used to compose his poetry.