The Real world of Fake pictures

Internet, with its firebrand of anonymous 'Hindus', is today, a successful mass communication device. It has penetrated the most unusual sections of society and has thus garnered a cult status. So much so, that it has become a tool for both- offense and defense. Support a cause and you risk being labelled. Pass a comment and you risk being branded. Post a tweet and you risk being arrested!
Quite recently, an interesting piece of drama unfolded in the Gujarat assembly election campaign. It was of course the eternal, BJP Vs. Congress dilemma, yet it had a virtual undertone to it. A malnourished child, proposed to be from Gujarat but traced to belong to Srilanka, appeared in an electoral advertisement of the Congress. Understandably, the BJP raised a massive hue and cry about the picture being 'fake'. The media too, lapped up the information quickly and passed its verdict- reinforcing the 'Con' of the Congress. I was left wondering how significant the issue really was. Does posting a wrong picture change the fact that over 40 percent of Gujarat's children are malnourished? Does it alter the reality that the CM attributes this malnourishment to figure-consciousness? Actually, it doesn't matter. The BJP has already got its salvo which would probably be fired at the Congress for a long time now, considering, the party prefers to choose the ideology of 'ruckus' over 'discuss'.
Nevertheless, the incident reminded me of a few pictures circulating on the Internet. I had stumbled upon them on various forums and despite their falseness being a foregone conclusion, I saw them being 'shared', 'commented' and 'liked' extensively. The vigour with which the 'Internet-Hindu' PR cell is working and exploiting the situation, deserves a pat on the back, albeit a sharp one. If they'd channelized the same amount of energy in building up this nation, the situation would've been far different from what we see today. Anyhow, I browsed through the variety of falsehood and picked 15 of my favorite lies. Here is a list of these visual myths, along with the plain truth that debunks them.


Occupying the first spot, this picture is nothing short of a time machine. It mixes two separate and unconnected events held in 2012 and 2008 respectively, in order to literally fool the viewer's patriotism. The 'Mazaa' on the left, is actually a shot taken after the Cabinet reshuffle of October 2012. The 'Sazaa', on the right, presents the heart-rending cry of a mother who lost her son (Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan) in the 26/11 attacks. Had the picture talked about the shoddy handling of the terror attacks, it would have been a different matter altogether. Similarly, had the picture been used to discuss our preparation to meet any external eventuality, it would still be worth sharing. But honestly, I don't see any point in mixing two occasions of different nature to play with popular emotion while spreading anti-Congress propaganda.


Another widely circulated picture, this one in particular presents a jumbo mix of politics and economics- unfortunately, both gross & incorrect. In the first glance,it appears that India harbors the most expensive petrol prices in South Asia. However, a closer look clearly shows the incompetency of the picture-maker. Firstly, he/she includes 'Cuba' as a part of India's neighborhood- Bad Geography. Secondly, he/she clubs oil-producing and oil-importing nations together- Bad World Knowledge. Finally, he/she presents a distorted picture of oil comparisons and oil deductions- Bad Understanding. Under the 'How it comes to this' part, the basic cost, excise duty and state taxes have been shown inappropriately. In reality, these fluctuate in response to international and domestic compulsions. As far as the comparisons are concerned, here is India's position w.r.t. other nations-

The link clearly shows the relative position of India. We, being a growing economy which requires fuel to spur its economic activities, are in dire need of oil import. Geographically, our reserves are not sufficient to cater to our population and our prices, economically speaking, are pegged to the international costs. Any fluctuation therefore, makes us vulnerable to a price rise. Despite that, the OMC's absorb immediate price shocks and pass over only a limited amount to be extracted from the consumers. I certainly agree that strong steps to capture this rise need to be taken by the government. I also am of the view that the fuel burden on the exchequer and the common citizenry needs to be lightened. Nevertheless, spreading fake knowledge would only lead to a state of furious anarchy.
P.S.- Someone please tell the picture maker that VAT is not a Cess.


Third on my list is this picture, which I greeted with shock and surprise. The maker exhorts the viewers to spit on the Constitution since it permits people to move deftly between Prison and Parliament. Untrue. Had the Constitution been read even slightly, the maker would have known that neither one of the Constitution's 395 articles, deals with this issue. Yes, it does prescribe parliamentary privileges and they are meant to be honoured. If thieves and dacoits grace the Parliament today, it is simply because they were backed by the power of a vote. They contested, they manipulated, they won. More than them, I blame the voters who choose scoundrels to represent them. Vote for someone you think deserves to sit in the temple of democracy. You can not put power in the hands of hoodlums and then complain about it at the same time. Moreover, incorrect interpretation of the Constitution will do this country no good. It is the supreme law of the land- sacrosanct and inviolable. It can be amended with time but it can not be disposed off. We need to draw the line of libel somewhere. THIS is absolutely non-acceptable. Can we let the fundamentals of this country be eaten away by being a part of this doctored information?


Picture four is a careful intermix of S.C. Bose and J.L. Nehru- both freedom fighters of the INC in their own right. History itself speaks volumes about the contributions of both characters. You can debate their methods, you can discuss their decisions- but you certainly can not compare them to denigrate their parent party. The 'Determination for nation' was not an exclusive virtue of S.C. Bose, neither was 'Passion for Women'. The first Prime Minister of India, who has been depicted as a womanizer in this picture, was a ferociously loyal husband. After his marriage to Kamla Nehru in 1916, he took upon himself to educate her. He initiated her in the freedom struggle and stood by her side while she organized women group movements in India. In 1936, when Kamla Nehru was on her deathbed , J.L.Nehru was lodged in prison. He was given the choice to quit all political activities and stay by his wife. He refused. So did she. In her last communication to him, she asked him to stay put and fight for freedom. THIS man- a womanizer! His friendship with Edwina Mountbatten too is often quoted out of context. In fact, a closer look at this specific picture reveals that it was clicked during a ceremony. Look at the mirror behind the lady. You'll see a row of people standing and watching.


Oh! The 'Sanskars' are at work here. Look at Mr.Vajpayee and look at Mr.Gandhi. One bows before women and the other makes women bow before him. Did this picture evoke the same response from you? Sad! Now look at the picture again. The banner behind Mr.Vajpayee candidly displays 'Women empowerment'. During one such function, he gracefully touched the feet of a woman older to him. Kudos! Mr.Gandhi, on the other hand, is surrounded by black-jacketed individuals who form a part of his security. The woman is actually approaching him to get his attention. Despite the breach, he acknowledged her. Kudos again! There have been numerous instances when both leaders have touched the feet of others or others have touched their feet. What is the need to misconstrue a simple mark of respect and turn it against the personal life of an individual? The cultural value of a person arises out of what they do, not what they show.


About picture six, the lesser said the better. The claims are simply out of the ordinary- Mystic and Paranormal to an extent. Before I put down documentation to expose the truthfulness of this picture, I'd just like to ask its maker a few simple questions. The 'data' seems to have been released by the 'International Council of UN'. Sadly, no such body exists or ever existed. Even if it did, it would have measured the performance of a country as a whole. Many nations in the world, do not have 'states' like India does. On what basis, then, can Gujarat government be the 2nd best State government in the world? More so, the picture itself boasts of a discrepancy. While it announces Gujarat to be the 2nd best state on the top, it mentions 1st on the right. The truth about the blatant lies being propagated here, can be found on the following links-

a. Gujarat's debt has actually risen by 46%

b. Gujarat ranks 14th in giving employment-

c. Gujarat ranks 15th in providing education-"

d. Gujarat's World bank deposits-

In the eagerness to promote Mr.Modi as the next Prime Ministerial candidate, the picture maker seems to have totally forgotten that stains of blood can't be washed off by fabricating data. The raped women, the killed men and the orphaned children seek justice- NOT tokenism.
P.S.- Someone teach the poor guy some grammar!


When Dr.Singh went to attend the ASEAN Summit in November 2012, he did not have a single clue that his orange shirt would become the talk of the town. It was later realized that he wore it owing to a dress code. Still, the colour was way too glossy for him to don. Leaving apart the fashion statement, the picture above makes a misrepresentation again. It claims the above to actually be a wax statue of the Prime Minister at Madame Tussaud's. Its quite funny how people believe that since this particular picture was flashed all over the mainstream media during the summit. Also, the maker misspells Dr.Singh's name- Mandmohan- a practical joke or a deliberate mistake? Either way, I was surprised how the current media-savvy generation missed this blunder.


Here is the 'Hidden Truth' of the 2G scam by India's very own conspiracy theorist- Mr.Subramaniam Swamy. Not only has he provided the details of who received bribe money but he has also explained, in intricate details, how this money was distributed. Unfortunately, the court did not hold up his claim. Except A.Raja, Kanimozhi and Shahid Balwa (who in turn were arrested by the CBI, presumably functioning under Government's control) none of the above mentioned individuals were found involved by the court. In fact, his appeal was unanimously turned down by the bench which further asked him to "refrain from wasting the court's time". There is just one question which I'd like to ask him. If he knew so much was going on, why didn't he speak up WHILE it was underway? Why cook up stories when the water has already passed under the bridge? It now appears that he has taken to the Internet for vociferously spreading baseless rumors. Do you remember who was the last national leader to undertake such active propaganda? - Hitler.


This picture does not require any description. It is the handiwork of a sick mind and a sicker conscience. You can oppose a government for its policies. You can oppose a party for its politics. You can even oppose an individual for his/her tactics. But you cannot put words in the mouth of people you know absolutely nothing about. Not only is this picture suggestive, but it subtly tries to imply an explicit scenario. The portrayal of Digvijay Singh and Rahul Gandhi denigrates a community, as a whole. It appears that the picture-maker is obsessed with transgenders, either because he has conducted an extensive research on the community or because he is one himself. In either case, his showcasing of a contaminated mentality is complete. By actively sharing pictures of this nature, not only do we offend the society but also the spiritual self that we may believe in. Reprehensible!


The maker of Picture ten is a classic example of a person who failed Mathematics in school. I was bad at Maths too, but honestly, I was way better than THIS. Here are the calculations- 80 + 2= 82. 82-5= 77. What about the remaining 23% of population? Were they deaf, dumb or selectively mute? Moreover, how can -5% of the sample be calculated? There is no option in research methodology to accomplish the same. Strangely, our maker has done it! Amazing. The bias towards the man in the middle can easily be gauged by the way the names of the leaders on left and right have been spelled. Nitish 'Khan'. Really? Because he prefers secularism over communalism? Ra.Owl? Because you don't like him? I don't know about everyone else, but the India today group and ORG would certainly not be proud of this. Mr. Modi is known far and wide for fabricating data. I didn't know his pupils would learn his skills, without even clearing their matriculation exams.


Do you know how Sonia Gandhi is ruling India? Well, here are the details! Shh! She is secretly working for the Christians and Muslims while ruling a largely Hindu nation. More so, her secret agenda is to have India fall in the hands of Vatican city while she clandestinely works for ISI. I have probably never before seen a theory as stupid, as mindless and as retarded as this one. The picture, in a meticulous manner, explains her connections with different countries. She is proselytizing, terrorizing and exploiting- all at the same time! Belgium, Netherlands and France serve as her intelligence advisers! I am sorry. All I can do is laugh at the idiocy of the maker and the stupidity of those who share. Remember guys, the WORLD has better things to do and graver problems to solve, than to gain power in India.
P.S.- Why do I smell Subramaniam Swamy?


The current UPA regime is hit by scams. Agree. The amounts, largesse and deals involved are mind-boggling. Agree. The courts are investigating the allegations and ultimately the truth will emerge. Agree. But what exactly is this picture trying to portray? 30 scams and a few 'Coming up'? That's got to be something huge for a government to accomplish in eight years. Let's have a look at what the list carries. There are certain scams which never happened. The list appears to be randomly generated. These include- Fake Pilots Scam, Telephone exchange Scam, RAW Scam, Reliance Discount Scam, Videocon Scam, Ashok Gehlot Builder Scam, NREGA scam or Kandla Port scam. Then there are others with which the current dispensation has nothing to do! For example- The Sukna Land scam relates the Army; Madhu Koda corruption and Karnataka Land scam relate to the opposition; The Satyam scam relates to the Private sector. Strangely, look at entry 1 and 25- find any similarity? Additionally, the 'Coming Soon' part contains a few agreements of the government with foreign entities to help boost India's growth. Clearly, I fail to see a 'scam' in a nuclear power project and an arms deal. Its funny how every nasty act to have ever happened is being blamed on certain individuals selectively. If justice is what we are seeking, we need to first ask ourselves, are we doing justice? 'India, being, against Congress' will not help. But 'India, being with development' sure will.


This picture places all principles of economic rationality in a strange position. Facts, once again, have been quoted out of context coupled with an overload of misinformation. India, under Nehru, was principally a protectionist economy. The man was of the belief that we must not allow foreign imports to harm Indian manufacturing. Thereby, heavy investments were made in order to set up a primary industrial base. Slowly and steadily, rupee was devalued to enhance competition and to bring India at par with other developing economies. The 'New economic policy' of 1991, was not a random measure of the government of the day. Had it not been implemented, India would have had to face the embarrassment of going bankrupt! We, at that point, did not have enough reserves to continue for even a period of 14 days! Today, in a liberalized economy, the value of rupee is pegged to the market forces. Depending on international and national, financial cum political circumstances, it depreciates or appreciates. What I fail to understand is, how or why for God's sake is this a 'damage'? Is moving with the times bad? Is trying to attain better quantity of products in order to induce a better quality of life disastrous? I wonder in which era is the picture-maker living. He/She needs to remember that prehistoric times have long been over.


This picture, I feel, is a direct question on popular mandate. In 2009, India spoke. It was for some. It was against some. But, it appears that the losers turned sore. They could not digest the triumph of the victor and thus proposed the formation of a media cell which specializes in name-calling, abuse-hurling, falsification and plain idiocy. What you get as a consequence is what you see above. Why is it being implied over and over again that 'America' has a role in government formation in India? It may have its inclinations, but ultimately it is the common man who chooses- the street vendor, the vegetable seller, the laborer, the shopkeeper. To them, it doesn't matter who conducted a nuclear test or who was negligent enough to let terrorists enter Parliament. To them, the trio of food, house and employment makes all the difference. Let us be decent enough to discuss issues which really matter. Bringing up irrelevant topics is an absolute waste of democracy.
P.S.- Pokharan-1 was conducted in 1974, under Indira Gandhi's command. Did America not want that government too?


Last but not the least, if nothing else holds substance, unleash the dogs on the Gandhi family. Were you aware that Motilal Nehru was the son of a non-existent Mughal called 'Ghiyazuddin Ghazi'? Or that Indira Gandhi's real name was 'Maimuna Begum'? Well, here the picture-maker has presented a beautifully listed family chronicle. Strangely, the chronicle does not mention a word about Menaka Gandhi or Varun Gandhi, who are pretty much a part of this family, but not the party. Selective amnesia? Or Deliberate mud-slinging? Secondly, even if the Nehru-Gandhi roots are traced to a Muslim man in distant past, how does that make a difference? Are they not a part of this nation? Are they lesser individuals? If that is the case, let us chuck out Dr.Singh and Mr.Advani for being born in Pakistan and having Muslim friends. Let us ask the 'Khans' of Bollywood to stop entertaining us. Let us turn this nation into the 'Sanatan Republic of India'. Disgusting!

It is one thing to support a party, but it is quite another to blindly follow and justify all its wrongdoings. I understand the limitations of the overworked PR managers, but ask yourselves- is it truly necessary to denigrate individuals by falsifying information and undertaking consistent character assassination? If your conscience permits you to do it, go ahead. If it doesn't, be graceful enough to weigh both sides on an equal scale.

Do not spread 'Fake' pictures because you are inclined to BJP or Congress. Spread 'Real' knowledge because you are committed to this Nation.


  1. Your efforts are apparent here. Very well done.

  2. Akil its rightly said that Excellence is not an act but a habit, not a skill but an attitude. You proved it once again. :) The way you presented the GENUINE side of FAKE pictures was amazing particularly about picture no. 2-6 and from 12-15. Minute observations of G.S, Grammar and P.S gave it fantastic touch. I pray people with closed eyes get their minds open after reading this. Thumbs up :)

    1. Thank you sparing the time to read and appreciating it Daisy :)

  3. Awesome Job. Keep up the Good Effort :)

  4. Brilliant.
    I know the amount of hard work it would have taken, and hence appreciate it.
    It was much needed, thank you!

    1. Thank you Aman. I am glad it found appreciation :)

  5. its funny how you have selectively targeted BJP-sided images. could you not find any lies of the congress that they are spreading? or is their an ulterior motive?

    1. I genuinely could not find a single such picture. If you have one, kindly paste a link here :)

  6. Awesome work Akil. We have sick people around who are constantly trying to spread the venom in our society. Which if spreaded well and percieved as truth. Our society will culminate into full of hatred and angst against each other.
    We must fight against these lunatic minds. This is the best example of one remarkable represantation of fact. Kudos!

    1. Thank you Tarique. Let's just hope people counter others on facts- Not random assumptions.

  7. Real eye opener, I have already shared the article on my fb timeline. Wonderful job.... Hats off to Akil Bakshi.

  8. real nice work and thanks to taroor sir for his re tweet.

  9. Good work Akil. I shared it on my timeline just after reading first paragraph.

    I do not know why Section 66A (I am against this section) work against fair opinions against politicians of both side not against such persons doing brain wash of innocent citizen.

    1. Thank you :). I agree with you on that. Fair opinions, which diverge with majority opinion, are stifled. But such works of unfair character are let go lightly.

  10. Well written Akil... but those who shares such things are blind followers of right wing ideology... so cant help them..!

    1. We can just hope they place the nation above everything else. Thanks for reading :)

  11. That is quite appreciating analysis by you..
    keep the great work on….
    -Shariqul Hoda

  12. The Upper Class Indians (economically, culturally) never took part in 1857 mutiny, opposed Quit India Movement to the hilt. Once they got independence they were, how come lower cast are planning for equality, we must take the power back.

    The Indian independence was won by common people of India, 60% of whom belong to lower cast. That is where Congress votes come from. They don't only hear but see the progress on ground. Once tormented by famines they see grains in their field.

    Now right winger can't win anything out of it. They may show Shining India, but more than half a India knows who actually are shining.

    First they tried divisive issue, but so sorry, Indian saw it clearly. Next they are trying to control the media space. The paid RSS Call Centre, APCO worker working day and night, publishing comments, blogs trying to justify their unjust cause. For them, if you talking about Apples, why didn't you talk about Oranges. However, reverse won't be allowed.

    Even that didn't yielded result, so they went to Social Media. Paid re-tweeter and Commenter who are paid on basis of each comment they make (Go and look at how even unrelated news like foods section have vitriolic comments or misplaced jokes on them). Photoshop pictures to influence the growing upper middle class. ( They grew due to congress economy policy, but the upper class superiority remains.) But this doesn't shows up in the votes kyuki YEH PUBLIC HAIN, SAB JANTI HAIN.

    1. Thank you for a great feedback. I side by most of your observations.

  13. an eye opener ...liked it :)

  14. What kind of a bullshit blog writeup is this? Do you really think that the court cases on the political scandals that have hit India will see its end? The answer is a simple 'No'. The reason is that the money that was earned has reached everyone from top (Sonia Gandhi) to bottom (every congress party worker). So if any of these major scams would see its end, unfortunately even Sonia Gandhi will see herself land behind bars. Take for instance the cash-for-votes scam. The whole country knows which people are involved and who supplied the money as bribe to the accused MPs. You have completely based your facts on prejudice and none on ground reality. Go and see as to what the middle class and the lower middle class common of India has to go through everyday in his life. I am sure you are one of the very few people who works for the congress party and must be enjoying the share of the loot.

    1. Since you are so sure that I am a "Congress party worker" and am "enjoying a share of the loot", any kind of discussion with you becomes useless, Rohan :). Think what you like and feel what you may. But just remember, wearing a blindfold over your eyes will not hide the truth. Thank you for sparing the time to read a "bullshit" blog.

  15. Great Article.... Thought provoking! :)

  16. Nice work....but veers to a one sided approach. The ones you have chosen, do deserve a boot, but since you have started the expose, how about choosing some of the popular lies being floated too? Dividing the nation on communal and casteist lines is bad...but so is selling the interests of the common man to multinationals. It'll be really appreciable if u pick the issues across the board...without being one-sided...:)Keep up the good work!!

    1. Thank you for the appreciation. I presume you are referring to FDI. I tried to, but could not find a single picture that pertains lies in regard to the issue. If you can refer a few pictures, that'd be good :). Thanks, nevertheless.

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  18. Nice effort but its amusing to see that u r comparing a goof-up in a State party funded and authorised in Guj Cong to some fanboy's pics on Social Media.. It would have been more appreciable if u wud hv compared ads by one party to ads by other party...

    Next,I am saying this as a neutral observer that by using words like //'Internet-Hindu' PR cell// u r actually degrading the credibility of ur blog.Also pardon my knowledge on the internet-lingo but I really could'nt understand the meaning of that word to be very frank :) Regarding PR cell,every party has it,even guys putting poster on city walls for college elections are also 'PR Cells'.. I hope u wont call them 'Street-Hindu PR Cell' :) So,just becoz the party that u support dsnt have enough penetration on internet or particularly Social Media shud not compel u to call names to others specially,special racial..

    Also I wud like u and all reading this comment to understand that there is a reason why such pics are liked and shared the most(as u have already aforementioned).. I am not much active on social network becoz of professional reasons but the whatever little time I go I have seen 1 major trait in all. there is a huge and I mean literally HUGE disgust for Media..!! People blv and to some extent I also agree that the media is umm.. I wont say biased by sometimes in quest of TRP they go a little overbiard and either blow an issue out of proportion or completely ignore it.. and then when u go and read it in newspaper of hear more detauls from word of mouth u realize it was false.So in this case the public and specially the youth looses faith in Media.. For exampl my 16 Yr old son dsnt even watch any news channel or read newspaper but still he has all the info on current on his finger tips.. many times he even gives me more details than what the News Channel shows..!!

    Anyways Instead of pin-pointing the symptoms I tried to portray the Disease...

    1. Thank you for an excellent feedback :). You have raised a number of points which I must learn from and hence, I will try to inculcate them in my writing.
      About the term, "Internet Hindu", it is not a racial connotation. It is actively used on twitter for those users who are paid to make fake accounts and 'trend' topics which blatantly justify the wrongdoings of the party they support. For example, the 20th anniversary of the heinous 'Babri demolition' was trended as 'Shaurya Diwas'- which is nothing short of justifying murder and arson.
      Also, like I mentioned in the above comments, I could not find a single picture being forwarded by the Congress, SP, BSP, JDU, TMC or any other regional party that undertakes falsification. If you do, please notify me. I'd love to take them up.
      Convey my regards to your son. And thanks again :)

  19. Hi Akil,

    I am neutral. Here is where I start.

    "Does posting a wrong picture change the fact that over 40 percent of Gujarat's children are malnourished? "
    If the picture can be wrong, but the "facts" that you believe are correct - it applies to UPA as well.

    If I go by your logic, didn't the 2G scam occur? why are the people shown in picture take Swamy to court for defamation? We aren't a banana republic, are we? Democracy/Legal system/Courts?

    In the petrol prices picture, you write " In the first glance,it appears that India harbors the most expensive petrol prices in South Asia". Where does the picture have mention of South Asia?
    Which of the countries in pic are oil producers? Does India not produce any oil at all? Is it a net importer for it to have high prices compare to other countries in the pic?

    Ignore the pictures which are just sensational and doesn't have any facts. However, if you take newspaper links as facts - God help you to open your mind further is what I can write.

    The writing are tilted in favor of Congress. If it is so, write it clearly - why hide it? If not, debunk claims of both sides.


  20. Brilliant Piece of Article Akhil. I always come across these kind of fake's, it feels sad to look at Well Educated people sharing fake without verifying facts. Hope this article is read by all. Well done Buddy. Kudos to you.

    1. Thank you Irfan. That is exactly what instigated me to write this article. I am glad you liked it :)

  21. I am happy that sane people are left on the Internet...
    I have been trying to educate the brainwashed (or paid.. I dont know) "internet Hindus", but they just have a set agenda in their mind !!!! Kudos on your Subramaniam Swamy comments....

  22. Brilliant work akil, worth a read. Enjoyed reading it. The amount of hard work you put in, Im flabbergasted!. keep up the good work

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  24. The best part of your articles that they have perfect Content Quality and Quantity. Do write something on Best Photography In Chandigarh also. Honestly, you posses great Writing Skills.


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