A picture of a public water dispenser that says, “Who is Hussain? Drink Water, Think Hussain” has been shared on social media. It has been claimed that the cooler was installed at a railway station in Delhi. A Facebook page shared the image with the message, “Preparations are underway for the Islamisation of India. Apparently, it is very important to know who Hussain is before drinking water at the Delhi railway station. The same campaign would have been called communal had it said ‘Jai Shri Ram.”

The image is widespread on Facebook. We also received numerous requests to verify it on the official Alt News mobile app.

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The photo is being shared across Twitter with the same caption.

It is also being promoted on Twitter and Facebook with an English caption — “This is put on an Indian Railway platform, Think same thing put with “Drink Water, Think Shri Ram” It will be in news all over the world.”


Alt News performed a reverse image search, which led us to a tweet by user Hussain Rizvi dated May 5, 2018. Rizvi, an India Today journalist, shared the image and wrote that volunteers of an organisation named ‘Who Is Hussain’ had the dispenser installed at the Raipur railway station in Chhattisgarh.

The viral image was posted on the organisation’s Instagram page on May 6, 2018. The accompanying caption states, “Imagine the desert of Karbala several centuries ago, where Hussain, son of Ali, and his 71 companions were killed after being kept thirsty for three days. Taking inspiration from Hussain, our volunteers in Raipur (Chhattisgarh) installed a water cooler for passengers at the Raipur railway station.”

Whoishussain.org’ was established in 2012 and it now operates in 60 cities. The NGO’s work ranges from conducting food distribution drives to blood donation camps.

Samir Abbas, the editor of TV9 Bharatvarsh, shared the image on May 12, 2018, writing, “The cruel army of Yazid martyred Imam Hussain after starving him for three days with no food or water. This campaign is called #DrinkWaterThinkHussain to make viewers realise the importance of water. It is a pity that some fundamentalists were offended by the name Hussain printed on this water cooler installed by an NGO at Raipur station and forcibly removed it.” The tweet contains another image of the dispenser after the “Who is Hussain? Drink Water, Think Hussain” poster had been destroyed.

A picture of a water dispenser installed by an NGO in Raipur in May 2018 was falsely shared as a Delhi railway station. A misleading anti-Muslim message was shared along with the image.

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Kinjal Parmar holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. However, her keen interest in journalism, drove her to pursue journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. At Alt News since 2019, she focuses on authentication of information which includes visual verification, media misreports, examining mis/disinformation across social media. She is the lead video producer at Alt News and manages social media accounts for the organization.