India, a massive internet market, is flooded with fake news and pictures. While social media is a great place to share news, information and have a bit of fun, there are times when Social Media falls prey to hoaxes. One common genre of hoaxes is fake photos/quotes of Mahatma Gandhi.
On 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, here are such fake pictures and quotes of Mahatma Gandhi which confused lakhs of people and most online users found themselves in a muddle after the truth behind each one was discovered.
You really think Mahatma will shake a leg at some party?
People were shocked when this picture of Mahatma Gandhi dancing with a lady emerged on the internet. However, it was not Mahatma, but some Australian actor who dressed up exactly like him.
There are 2 giveaways in the picture: A. The man’s rather muscular arm. B. The man’s footwear is quite unlike Gandhi’s.
Nathuram Godse Assassinating Mahatma Gandhi
In another picture, Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse is shown with a gun. This is apparently a film still from Nine Hours To Rama (1963) in which Horst Buchholz had played Godse and Gandhi was essayed by JS Casshyap.
Mahatma Gandhi rubbing nose with a foreigner woman
Photoshopped picture. The real photo is of Gandhi talking to Nehru. When you look at the actual real picture, you realise that it is Gandhi who is seen talking to Nehru and not a foreign woman!
Apart from these fake pictures, there are a few fake quotes of Gandhi as well.
1. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”
Catchy, makes sense, but not said by Mahatma Gandhi apparently, although it is always attributed to him. There is no recorded instance of Gandhi saying this, but a close variant first appears in a 1918 US trade union address by Nicholas Klein
2. Interviewer: “What do you think of Western Civilization?” Gandhi: “I think it would be a good idea.”
Again there is almost no evidence of Gandhi saying this. The earliest appearance of this quote was good 20 years after his death, and that too only in the form of 2nd hand information. It was mentioned in The Seattle Times newspaper that the exchange was mentioned in a television documentary on a major U.S. network. And after that it has been recirculated multiple times but there is no real conclusive evidence of Gandhi having said it.
“Don”t believe everything you read on the Internet just because it has a picture and quote next to it!”
Source- opindia.com, boldsky.com
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