During a recent Newshour debate on Times Now regarding the Ministry of Human Resources Development’s decision to hoist tricolour flags in central universities across India, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Sambit Patra showed a doctored image of raising the flag on Iwo Jima.
During the debate, Patra flourished an image on his tablet that showed the photoshop version of the the US flag replaced by the Indian tricolor.
The image was of six soldiers hoisting an Indian flag. Patra said that the image was of “Indian jawans, Indian soldiers dying, but holding up the tricolour, at the border”.
In reality, it was the Pulitzer Prize winning photograph titled Raising the Flag at Iwo Jima, taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945, on Mount Suribachi in the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean, in the days leading up to the battle of Okinawa during the final months of World War II.
Map of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean:
He was soon trolled on Twitter:
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) February 18, 2016
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARangarajan1972) February 18, 2016
— AIVMI (@AIVMI) February 13, 2016
Photoshop, phony tears and glory. The Arnab-Sambit-Bakshi roadshow rolls on, with a small assist from Mantri Smriti: https://t.co/Oyh4T3fpaH
— Sukumar Muralidharan (@sukumar_md) February 21, 2016
— Roan Sable (@3eighty1) February 21, 2016
Photography Fiction -… https://t.co/zEtvbqiJet
— Dayanita Singh (@dayanitasingh) February 21, 2016