No, Indira Gandhi isn’t relishing seafood in the viral photo—it’s maize corn

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

A photo of former prime minister Indira Gandhi relishing a delicacy is viral on social media. Taking potshot of her family caste identity, some of the users have claimed that the Indira Gandhi, a “Dattatreya Brahmin”  is digging into seafood.

Seafood is no-vegetarian food and it is commonly believed that the Brahmins don’t eat non-veg foods.

The reference to caste identity comes from the backdrop of her grandson, Rahul Gandhi, revelling his “gotra” as “Dattatreya” and caste identity as “Kashmiri Brahmin” during a puja ceremony in Pushkar in 2018.

The viral image is a little blurred, Facto News found out that the claim is misleading and she is digging into maize corn.

A Twitter user, Sunny Tamak Ram, posted the photo with the caption that reads: दत्तात्रेय ब्राह्मण राहुल गांधी की दादी #Sea_food का आनंद उठाते हुए !!” (Translation: Grandmother of Dattatreya Brahmin Rahul Gandhi enjoying seafood.)

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

An archive version of the same claim by several Twitter users can be found here, here, here, here and here.

The photo with the same claim is viral on Facebook.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

FactO Check: 

Because the photo is a little blurred, we suspected the claim about the dish may be misleading. On conducting a reverse image search of the viral photo, we found the same photo of the former prime minister with better resolution used in an article on the website of The Hindu.

The article is on the death of Sridhar Naidu, a veteran photographer who had clicked the viral photo. The caption along with the photo reads: “Former prime minister Indira Gandhi digging heartily into maize corn – a photograph clicked by Sridhar Naidu.”

The article also informs that the photo is one of the most acclaimed contributions of the Naidu. It was an exclusive photograph of Indira Gandhi eating roasted maize corn at Fateh Maidan Club.

(Source: The Hindu/Screenshot)


Therefore, it’s evident from the above information that the claim of Indira Gandhi eating seafood in this particular viral photo is misleading and false.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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