Thursday, February 16, 2012

Faux-Photos in Facebook


There is regular appearance of certain black and white photos in my feed, which claim to be of historic events or personalities. None of these photos are authentic. Surprisingly, the people who share them around don't even bother to verify their authenticity.

Latest in the list is a photo of Nathuram Godse, about to shoot Gandhi. Actually, it's a still from a 1963 movie called "Nine Hours to Rama", which was based on Nathuram Godse's life. Here's the imdb link:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057362/

Few days back, ultra-patriotic Indian facebook users were circulating another "pre-1947" photo of two Indian freedom fighters being hanged in public by British police. The photo originally was of two african american person being lynched by a white racist mob (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ThomasShippAbramSmith.jpg)

Last but not the least - the "Dancing Gandhi". I'm not sure, how many of us know this actually was an Australian actor portraying Gandhi in a charity event. Read this article: http://8ate.blogspot.in/2011/11/dancing-gandhi.html

Thanks to "Satrajit Choudhury"for compiling this list

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