A set of images along with a donation appeal was shared by the official Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Facebook page with the claim that the individuals in the images were Seva Bharati workers aiding Kerala flood victims. One of the images shared as part of this set shows a reporter with many people standing in the background including a few wearing khakhi shorts resembling the old RSS uniform.

Posted by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Saturday, 11 August 2018

The image was also widely circulated by many on social media, including the Twitter handle Friends of RSS, which describes itself as an “independent initiative by Swayamsevaks”.

The image is from 2012 Kerala floods

The photograph shared by RSS is not of the recent Kerala floods and was taken during the 2012 floods in the state. The reporter in the image had shared the image that same year.

In August 2012 flash floods triggered by heavy rains in Kozhikode and Kannur districts in north Kerala took the lives of nine people. An image of this event was shared as RSS workers providing aid during the recent Kerala floods. However, this isn’t the only old image reshared with a false narrative.

Images of 2017 Gujarat floods viral on social media as recent Kerala floods

Purported images of RSS workers providing aid and relief to flood-stricken Kerala was widespread on social media with captions carrying a tinge of irony – “Looks like Kerela couldn’t kill all of those RSS Terrorists. Few of them are still alive and are looting the poor flood-struck Keralites.”

Twitter users Rishi Bagree and Rajesh KrishnanSimha circulated the same images that drew a combined share of 1,500.

BJP MLA from Karnataka C.T. Ravi also shared photographs of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s “humanitarian efforts”.

However, these images are actually from Gujarat last year and not Kerala. SM Hoax Slayer found identical images being circulated of RSS workers providing aid during Gujarat flood in August 2017. Multiple users on Facebook had shared the images.

Severe monsoon flooding killed at least 213 in Gujarat last year. Over one lakh residents had to be relocated due to submergence of their homes.

Not isolated incidents

Old or unrelated images have been attributed to RSS several times in the past. In 2015, images of RSS workers in Gujarat was shared as them providing aid during the Nepal earthquake.

Dattatreya Hosabele, a senior RSS functionary based in Nepal, had denied the claims on social media as reported by Nistula Hebbar, the political editor of The Hindu.

Further, the official Twitter handle of RSS had also denied the claim of 20000 RSS workers having reached Nepal.

Last year, Twitter handle @TrueIndology also falsely attributed a picture of a camp in late 1940s East Punjab to RSS.

Recirculating old images as part of a recent or an unrelated event is a mischievous attempt to misinform people. It is advisable to verify photographs viral on social media before believing in them.

Update: The official Facebook page of RSS which shared the old image has now updated the post and added a description to the picture, clarifying that it was clicked in 2012.

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World Citizen

You have just grabbed the picture alone, you didnt mind to read or hidden the comments below the picture. It says the picture is taken 2012, this is the same reporter who reported the flood in 2012 also and they posted the picture of 2012 saying this is 2012.
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME CONGI AND COMMIES

Sada
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Sada

Lol.. they have edited it on 15 Aug..! Just check that/.!

Vinod
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Vinod

Why is the 2012 photo circulated for 2018 flood? (even if you claim 2012 is mentioned.) why are photos taken in Gujarat shown for Kerala Floods? That is called manipulation. Something you are famous for now. The relief work was done by many including even fishermen and defense forces. Don’t take credit alone. Everybody knows your strategy and you are not fooling anyone.

PRATHYUSH RAYUDU
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PRATHYUSH RAYUDU

better luck next time bjp and rss andatleast try to help the kerala people dont post fake news to show they are the only hope for the nation

Rakesh Agrawal
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Rakesh Agrawal

Yeah, this wolf now wants to project as a sheep by wearing a false skin!!!!!Bloody ranga siyaar!!!!!!

Alex D'Mello
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Alex D'Mello

How many lies RSS/ BJP will spread? As an organisation why these people need to spread lies? If they have not done, simple not done, lies shows their calibre

Bharani Komandur
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Bharani Komandur

You did not read the article properly. It criticized RSS for showing photos from 2012 relief efforts for asking funds for 2018 Relief. It means that even this Commie mouthpiece ACCEPTS that RSS volunteers were on ground in 2012, helping victims.

Coming to the photographs, it’s like this, when you see Olympics Ad, they show photos from previous Olympics.

NAVIN KUMAR SINHA
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NAVIN KUMAR SINHA

AlexD’Asshollo , I know a person who believes that his God dropped from a vagina like a rotten fruit to be zero IQ. you son of an idiot and follower of an idiot – the RSS picture has the caption “this reporter covered the floods in 2012 (photo)”. let me explain the meaning of this to you, you follower of an idiot – this means that the photo belongs to the scene of the reporter belongs to 2012. The liars all come from Vatican and believe in a rotten book rightly called Babble. This is a country of the honest… Read more »

Alex D'Mello
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Alex D'Mello

BJP/RSS are mothers of all lies, disgraceful

NAVIN KUMAR SINHA
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NAVIN KUMAR SINHA

Well the first liar on record is that characterless woman who fucked around and when she had a son, said “not anyman’s, God’s”

Alex D'Mello
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Alex D'Mello

RSS/BJP are mothers of all lies, disgraceful

om prakash sharma
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om prakash sharma

thq altnews . for atleast publishing RSS relief work .. ! ppl dont forget to contribute in CM relief fund too beside RSS work force as well as food and every other work.

om prakash sharma
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om prakash sharma

but u just seen how they helped in every relief work .altnews has published relief work photo . r v so dumb .

Vinod
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Vinod

those photos are from Gujarat and old floods that happened in 2012 so has nothing to do with anything that happened now. LOL

om prakash sharma
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om prakash sharma

kerala relief work should be lesson to every chrislamic block which ridiculed indian army day and night .

Vinod
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Vinod

and Keralites have not ridiculed army. They were there even before you jaddi’s came to power and started spreading hatred.Defense forces have their share of respect. Southern Naval command is long there in Cochin. We have not forgotten your leader who claimed they could solve the border problem with RSS instead of army, So if anyone undermined the army its just you. So don’t make up new lies jaddi.

Vinod Kumar
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Vinod Kumar

You forget that the relief work was even taken up by fishermen who saved thousands of lives and even saved people where armed forces could not reach. People forgot their differences of caste and religion and has united even more with this incident.

Hello There
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Hello There

Nobody ridiculed Indian Army . That is another false propaganda. Only since this govt came it has created this impression that only they care for army. Modi’s stupid hug and biryani with Pakisthan PM gave us Pathankot and Uri. This army was not build since 2014 it was build since independence.

GEORGE P
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GEORGE P

Not Chrisislamic opinion, but your religious tainted opinion to divide the state. But in Kerala it just would not work, my friend. It has not happened before and never in the future too. So relax and give up this evil effort of yours. I must remind you that Kerala is most famous around the world for its peaceful coexistence.

NAVIN KUMAR SINHA
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NAVIN KUMAR SINHA

We are all aware that Kerala is a state with 1000000% literacy and 0% education. With so many sword-converts and rice-bad converts, the scale of murders in Kerala being classified as “peaceful existence” is understandable

GEORGE P
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GEORGE P

And we have people from all communities, religions, castes, political beliefs, upper and lower strata of our society fully contributing to one goal; alleviate suffering and misery during this historic disaster. To assist us are the Indian Army, Navy, Airforce, Central government and state machinery. So, brother OP Sharma and others who endeavour to divide us, fall out and try your hatred mechanism somewhere else, but best of all, be like one of us, A True Keralite.

Jayant Chaudhary
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Jayant Chaudhary

Pooja Ji,
I think you can NOT read properly…. otherwise you would have seen that the text below the photo clearly says “this reporter covered the relief activity in 2012 (photo).”
It is so clearly visible that your eyes blinded by hatred for RSS could not see it.
Shame on Commie education that is breaking Indians again.

Vinod
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Vinod

So you confirm there is no proof for relief work in 2018. That’s all the reporter is saying. Understand the topic jaddi

Hello There
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Hello There

Looks like your are blind. You missed the part where it said it was later clarified as 2012 photo.

Why can’t they get 2018 photo in Kerala .. Maybe they don’t have it

Ramiya Dixit
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Ramiya Dixit

Now tried to frame RSS, u actually says RSS did a good job in Nepal & and 2012.. khi khi khi…

NAVIN KUMAR SINHA
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NAVIN KUMAR SINHA

The RSS Photo clearly says – “This reporter covered the floods in 2012 (photo). For the sake of zero IQ jaahils who are pretending to be smart, the statement means that the photo belongs to the case when the reporter was covering the floods in 2012”. Yes, there are a lot of fellow-jaahils who will take your propaganda forward but every sinister propagands goes bust. Is khulaase ka to tumhaara paisa cut. poora photoshopping nahin kiya. aage se kise padhe likhe se padhwa lena aur unnecessary cheezein katwa lena. Jo fake news ke against war bol ke fake news failaaye… Read more »

Bharani Komandur
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Bharani Komandur

I am happy that you finally accepted the fact that RSS Volunteers were helping victims in 2012. Back in 2012, no News Channel gave them credit. RSS members were still being butchered in Kerala even after 2012 Relief efforts. Still in 2018, there are RSS Volunteers on the ground, helping victims. That’s the greatness of RSS. They do Selfless Service, without expecting credit from anyone, without converting religion of victims.

Maybe you will give them the due credit in 2025. Get well soon guys.

arya bharat
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arya bharat

Come on bitch get over it… you fucking bainless commies..