Bhagat Singh’s Real Photograph: Fact Check


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Alleged Bhagat Singh's Real Photograph
Bhagat Singh's Real Photograph

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Bhagat Singh’s Real Photograph

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(Hindi)
भगत सिंह की असली फोटो
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Fact Check:

A message in circulation on social media claims to show Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s Real Photograph. The black and white photograph shows a man in Leg cuffs who seems to be standing in front of a Jail. But as explained below, the message showing Bhagat Singh’s Real Photograph is a hoax.

Screenshot of Facebook post about Bhagat Singh's Real Photograph
Screenshot of Facebook post about Bhagat Singh’s Real Photograph

Origin of Message

The message in question seems to have originated from a Facebook post of We Support India on 16th of October 2018. The Facebook page has millions of followers, which is how the message became popular. The photograph carried a text in Hindi saying it shows Bhagat Singh’s real photograph and asked viewers to comment Jai Hind. Many viewers bought the story and went on to share it.

Not Bhagat Singh’s Real Photograph

The photograph in question appeared on a blog earlier in September 2009, sourced from The La Trobe Picture Collection. The Journal does in fact have the photograph with the below caption. Notably, the Spring 1998 article issue of the Journal showed “Images of Empire: Sir Henry Barkly’s Photograph Album, 1858–1877”.

Image of Tafazzul Husain Khan, the Nawab of Farrukhabad
Tafazzul Husain Khan, the Nawab of Farrukhabad

The caption to this photograph reads: ‘The “Nawab of Ferrukhabad” banished from India for life because of his crimes during the Mutiny, now residing at Mecca. Ought to have been hanged.’ Barkly Collection [LTAEF 40, f. 10], La Trobe Picture Collection.

Image of Bhagat Singh when he was 21 years old
Bhagat Singh when he was 21 years old
Image of Bhagat Singh during detention in jail
Bhagat Singh during detention in jail

The man in black and white photograph is in fact Tafazzul Husain Khan, the Nawab of Farrukhabad – not Bhagat Singh. Bhagat Singh was executed in Lahore Central Jail at an early age of 23 on 23 March 1931, along with his comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev. The revolutionary freedom fighter played an influential role in the Indian National movement. Seeing couple of his old pictures, it is evident the story in question does not show Bhagat Singh’s real photograph.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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