“In 2008, the Commies brought down former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s statue in Tripura with the inspiration of #Lenin, neither their intellectual voices nor @INCIndia had a problem with this”, tweeted Prafulla Ketkar. Ketkar is an editor with Organiser, which is the mouthpiece of the RSS.

According to Ketkar and several other right-wing supporters and sympathisers, leaders and supporters of communist parties who are crying foul over the desecration of the statue of Lenin at Belonia in Tripura, are themselves guilty of resorting to such politics. Gaurav Pradhan, who is followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter too reiterated the same. His tweet was retweeted over 800 times.

This image has been tweeted by multiple users. Here are some more examples. The Sootradhar account below is also followed by PM Modi.

Did the Left Govt raze Rajiv Gandhi statue in Tripura in 2008?

So, is it true that the Left Govt demolished a statue of the Former Prime Minister in Tripura in 2008, as claimed by right-wing supporters on social media? Not quite.

The above photograph was carried by Deccan Chronicle in the year 2013. It was clicked in Andhra Pradesh. The statue of former PM Rajiv Gandhi was pulled down by protesters who favoured a united Andhra Pradesh. The state was formally bifurcated in 2014 and massive protests had broken out then against the Congress-led UPA Govt. The picture posted above can be accessed here.

Earlier, it had been observed that the desecration of the statue of Lenin in Tripura had been applauded by BJP leaders and supporters on social media. This included BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli and Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta. Now, the right-wing ecosystem on social media is indulging in whataboutery over vandalism with the help of a misleading image.

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Anirban Mukherjee
Anirban Mukherjee

These are shameless creatures. A riot monger party trying to win votes at any cost.

Rakesh Agrawal
Rakesh Agrawal

I am not surprised by the lies spread by right-wing commentators and blind and committed bhakts who cannot indulge in any serious debate and discussion as they are morally and intellectually bankrupt, so they restore to abuse and troll as lies being spread by them must be exposed. Now, when sanghis demolished the statutes of Periyar and Ambedekar, their generals: Modi & Shah are condemning it, that’s nothing but sheer hypocrisy as they can see Dalit voters turning against them!

BJP Congress and Army

Sudden oppurtunistic love for soft hindutva janevu dharis’ leader Rajiv Gandhi – another example of mutual symbiosis for damage control. Both parties also converge on UIDAI surveillance and LRS beneficiaries’ capitalism continuum. Subramanian Swamy infront of parliament as a MP condoning Bulldozing by a mob ( govt taking off statue legally is a separate issue ) is serious and a step towards Saudi regime totalitarianism. No mediaperson holding mike counter-questioning is even more serious. In a related convergence with army, BJP lawyers want their lawyers to be present during interrogation of Gauri Lankesh murderer ( filed in court , now… Read more »


I don’t think the question is if that photo that was accompanied with the tweet is from 2008 Tripura or not, the question is are there any destructions of status in tripur during that time. The article only comments on the photos but stays silent on the any kind of destructions in Tripura TO make it more complete please add your comments on the issue that is being raised not just on the photos