Hyderabad: A photo of a bus with a poster of Dr. B.R Ambedkar and his wife Savita Ambedkar has gone viral on social media. The photo is allegedly from Colombia in South America.
A Twitter user posted the photo and wrote, “The photo of Babasaheb on a city bus running on the streets of Colombia…This is a real honor. America still considers Babasaheb an idol because America’s economy is based on the same book that Babasaheb wrote as a thesis for his doctor’s degree during the British period https://t.co/nhwpKJls7V”.
कोलंबिया(अमेरिका) की सड़कों पर दौड़ती सिटी बस पर बाबासाहब का चित्र..! यह असली सम्मान है🙏अमेरिका आज भी बाबासाहब को अपना आदर्श मानता है क्योंकि अमेरिका की अर्थव्यवस्था उसी पुस्तक पर आधारित है जिसे बाबासाहब ने ब्रिटिश काल में अपनी डाक्टर की डिग्री के लिए थीसिस के रूप में लिखा था pic.twitter.com/nhwpKJls7V
— M.L.Meena (@SirraMangi) September 19, 2020
This claim is FALSE.
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the same image of the bus on Wikimedia Commons but without the photo of Dr. Ambedkar and his wife. It said that the bus belongs to the City Sightseeing service operator in Bath, England. In the original photo, the words “City Sightseeing” is visible in place of Dr. Ambedkar’s photo.
A similar photo of this tour bus operating in Bath was also found on the Alamy website. In this image, too, there is no photo of Dr. Ambedkar or his wife on the bus.
A tourist website had also posted the original picture on it’s website Gezimanya. Below is a comparison of the two photos.
It is clear that the viral image is morphed. Hence, the photo of a city bus in Colombia with the image of Dr. Ambedkar and his wife on it is FALSE.