DFRAC Exclusive: Hashtag Trolling Pandit Nehru continues to trend on his birthday again.
On the occasion of Birth anniversary of India’s First Prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru #ठरकी_दिवस was trending on twitter.
On this day, when the entire country celebrates as “Children’s Day” some anti-social elements on social media have taken this as an opportunity to malign the image of Pandit Nehru.
This report majorly covers:
- At what time this trend was on its peak?
- Why the hashtag is trending?
- Fake/Misleading News
- Yearly analysis of this Trend
It can be seen with the timeline of the hashtag that it starts every year in the month of November and particularly on 14th of November i.e. Children’s Day. The trend first began in 2019 with more than 2200 tweets done. The highest number of tweets were done in Nov 2021 with nearly 9,000 tweets.
The hashtag was trending with many pictures of Pandit Nehru with different women portraying him as a “Playboy” and appealing to people to stop celebrating his birthday as Children’s Day because of his satyr mood. But, the irony of all lies in the fact that most of images getting viral are fake or misleading, clearly used to fulfill the agenda of destroying the image of Jawahar Lal Nehru. In this DFRAC Exclusive we will present the reality of images which is far away from what is being portrayed.
The first picture that is getting most viral is in a collage format where Pandit Nehru can be seen with different women in not so pleasing way.
Reality of the viral Collage:
Image 1: Woman in the picture is Nehru’s sister Vijaylakshmi Pandit and the photograph was taken in 1949 while Nehru, the then prime minister, was on his US visit.
Image 2: Pandit Nehru was sharing a lighter moment with Edwina Mountbatten in public. Nehru and Edwina are said to had a really good relationship with each other. They had a deep love and respect for each other but they didn’t share any carnal relationship, Edwina’s daughter Pamela wrote in her book.
Image 3: According to the report of The Indian Express Woman in this picture too is Nehru’s sister Vijayalaxmi Pandit.
Image 5: According to the article of Indian Express The woman in this image is renowned Indian classical dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai.
Nehru is said to have a close relationship with Mrinalini Sarabhai’s husband Vikram Sarabhai and mother Ammu. This particular image was taken in Delhi. Nehru is seen congratulating Mrinalini for her performance.
Image 6: According to the article of Indian Express The image shows Nehru applying tilak on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ forhead. She was the first Lady of the United States.
Image 7: it was shot by India’s first woman press photographer Homai Vyarawalla shot this photograph on board the first BOAC jet plane, on a 45-minute flight to Nanda Devi. Pt. Nehru is seen with a lighted cigarette on his lips while lighting another cigarette on the lips of the then British Deputy High Commissioner’s wife Ms. Simon as given in the report by The Hindu.
Image 8: Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru bidding goodbye to Mountbatten’s youngest daughter, Pamela Mountbatten and her parents at New Delhi.
Image 9: As shown in a video, the woman in the photograph is Nehru’s niece Nayantara Sehgal who greeted him on his arrival at the London airport in 1955.
Along with this collage, another picture was going viral on social media with the hashtag #ठरकी_दिवस.
Posting this picture a user wrote, “ Difference between #ठरकी_दिवस & #बाल_दिवस #ठरकी_दिवस #बाल_दिवस.”
The reality of the viral picture:
On performing simple image search, we found an article of a website called ‘Theartsdesk.com’ which had the same photograph and had mentioned that it was a part of the aforementioned play which was shown at London’s Hampstead Theatre.
Yearly Analysis of Tweets:
The pie chart depicts that majority of the tweets were done in the year 2021, followed by the year 2020. The least number of tweets were done in the year 2022.
Out of thousands of users who tweeted on the hashtag there were many users who tweeted every year on the hashtag. @aman_vinay, @DurgeshGupta have tweeted every year on the hashtag, whereas more than 30 users have tweeted in the years 2019-2021, fo example – @KDPande01469793, @Rajput_Arjuns, @rjs32826722, etc.
In this report we have tried to showcase the whole link from past 3 years of why and how this hashtag starts trending on every occasion of children’s day I.e also the birth anniversary of India’s First Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru.
We have also debunked many of the fake picture that is going viral on social media under the hashtag #ठरकी_दिवस