HYDERABAD: A picture of Mahatma Gandhi with a woman is viral on social media.
Netizens are sarcastically captioning it, "Just a rare image of Gandhi fighting with Britishers."
The picture is being shared with the hashtag '#नाथूराम_गोडसे_जिंदाबाद' (Long live Nathuram Godse). Godse was the assassin of Gandhi.
The image is morphed.
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found the same picture carried by the BBC and the New York Times. The image shows Gandhi in the same position laughing with Jawaharlal Nehru at a meeting in Bombay, now Mumbai. A side-by-side comparison of the viral and original image shows that the viral picture is morphed.
New York Times captioned the image, "Mr.Desfor was working in India in 1946 when he photographed Mahatma Gandhi, right, talking in Bombay (now Mumbai) with Jawaharlal Nehru, who would become India's first prime minister. At left is Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, an Indian diplomat, and politician, and Nehru's sister."
The same image of Gandhi and Nehru was also found in the archives of the Associated Press. The picture was taken by Max Desfor, an American Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who worked for the Associated Press. The description states that Mahatma Gandhi was laughing with Jawaharlal Nehru, at the All-India Congress committee meeting in Bombay, India, on July 6, 1946.
Evidently, the viral image is morphed. The original image shows Gandhi and Nehru.