Indian Army Myanmar Operation Photos Are Fake. The Media Fooled Us All.

While the Indian Army is receiving praise from all quarters for its surgical strike against militants inside Myanmar, the authenticity of three pictures of army commandos purportedly involved in the operation is being questioned.

The three pictures were first uploaded by ANI News in the following tweets.




  In its eagerness to deliver news before their competitors, media houses latched on to the pictures without probing any further.

It has now emerged that the images were from earlier operations conducted at different parts of India on different occasions.

The matter was first highlighted by Twitter user Suresh INC (@srajendrn), which was picked up by a Pakistani forum  


It was subsequently shared across other social media platforms such as Facebook. While some took the opportunity to point fingers at the Modi government others raised doubts on the happening of operation itself.

यह किसी एक राजनीतिक दल से जुड़ा मुद्दा नहीं हैं। यह साफ तौर पर देश से जुड़ा मुद्दा है। आखिर भारतीय सेना के ऊपर किन लोगों…

Posted by Mohammad Anas on Wednesday, June 10, 2015


सभी देशभक्त भारतीयों के जेहन में यह सवाल उठ रहा है कि ‘ तथाकथित ‘ रूप से म्यांमार की सीमा के अन्दर घुसकर नागा विद्रोहियो…

Posted by Sadhvi Meenu Jain on Wednesday, June 10, 2015


But it must be noted here that the Indian Army cannot be, and should not be, blamed for the pictures row. The army rarely releases pictures of overt operations; covert ones are out of the question.

It was ANI News which tweeted the photos, and the media was the one responsible for its spread.


Myanmar Ambush

This is where several security personnel were killed in an ambush. Gyanendra Naorem/The Hindu

Even the Modi government cannot be blamed for such a goof up. One can, however, criticise the chest thumping by BJP ministers and some media houses over the operation because it shows Myanmar in poor light.



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