By: Pradarshi Paul
Claim: An image of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue has been widely circulated on social media that claims to show the disparity between the poor and the elite inherent in Indian society.
Source: Twitter, Facebook.
What Happened: The world’s tallest statue, the ‘Statue of Unity’ of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Patel’s birth anniversary on the 31st of October, 2018. An image of the statue along with a woman and two children eating on the street are visible, thus social media users are calling it an image of ‘disparity’.
The official Facebook page of the Aam Aadmi Party in the US posted this image, stating that this picture portrays the ‘story of India’.
It has been shared over three thousand times.
Many of these posts have been retweeted, with users describing it as ‘the sad reality of India’. An online portal named BoltaUP has also published an article using this image.
Facts: This viral image that claims to depict the ‘sad reality of India’ is in fact photoshopped. The photograph of a mother and her children has been lifted from another source, and merged with the photograph of the statue of Sardar Patel.
The original photograph was taken in 2010. We found the original image on the Reuters website.
Conclusion: The ‘Statue of Unity’ has been subject of much discussion in India for sometime now. It is not without controversy, with accusations of being a wasteful project coupled with farmer land-grab allegations. However, this particular case was an artful bit of photoshopping, juxtaposing a poor family with the world’s tallest statue.