In response to the recent Alt News article on fictitious claims about history put out on social media by an anonymous Twitter handle, @TrueIndology, we had a few of its supporters argue that we could only find nine false claims out of all its posts. So, ladies, gentlemen and anonymous handles, on your popular demand, here is part 2 of the series.

As we analyse more claims originating from this handle, we see a distinct pattern in some tweets – Make a claim authoritatively, it may or may not be true but to give more weight to the claim and make it sound genuine, pick a random picture to support it.

Since this is a continuation of our last article (Link to Part 1), we have started the numbering of the cases from where we left off last time. This is to prevent any confusion while discussing these claims.

Case 10

Claim: Bhai Singha Purohit.Hindu priest+warrior.Rescued Guru Hargobind’s daughter from Mughals.Sacrificed life defending Amritsar

TrueIndology Bhai Singh Purohit Hindu priest warrior resuced Guru Hargobind's daughter from Mughals Sacrified life defending Amritsar

Reality: Picture of Dronacharya which has been cropped to show as Bhai Singha Purohit

This is a picture of Dronacharya from Kashipur, Uttarakhand. You will see that in the original mural there is a light graffiti saying “Guru Dronacharya” in Hindi. This bit has been cleverly cropped out in the picture that was shared as Bhai Singha Purohit.

At the top of the mural, you'll find 'Guru Dronacharya' written in light letters

There is a particular significance of this picture of Dronacharya being found in Kashipur which is lost to those who randomly pick it off the internet to use it as someone else. Kashipur has a famous lake known as Drona Sagar which is believed to be associated with Guru Dronacharya. You will many more pictures of this mural here.

This once again makes us wonder about the intellectual honesty in picking an unrelated picture and cropping it to use to support a claim.

Case 11

Claim 1: Goa 1961. ABVP volunteers pose jubilantly along with Indian army after liberating Goa from the Portuguese in a military fight. ABVP volunteers pose jubilantly along with Indian army after liberating Goa from Portuguese in a military fightGoa, 1961

Claim 2: 1954: RSS Units + Indian forces liberate Dadra and Nagar Haveli from Portuguese colonialists leading to its Indian accession

Reality: This is a picture of celebrations after liberation of Goa, lifted from the Frontline. It has nothing to do with either ABVP or RSS.

Same picture used for Liberation of Goa and Liberation of Dadra, Nagar Haveli
Same picture used for Liberation of Goa and Liberation of Dadra, Nagar Haveli

The original picture appears in Frontline and is titled, “Local people cheer the Indian Army after the siege of Goa ended.” It suggests nothing about ABVP cadre being present in the picture. TrueIndology twitter account has conveniently used the same picture as representative of both events.

Local People cheer the Indian Army after the siege of Goa ended

Case 12

Claim: On the day of Gandhi’s death, atleast 15 brahmins were killed by unidentified anti brahmin activists.NY times report next day

Trueindology: On the day of Gandhi's death, atleast 15 brahmans were killed

Reality: READ the New York Times (NYT) report for yourself. It makes no mentions of 15 Brahmins being killed.

TrueIndology has presented a blurred report so you can’t read it to verify the claim. Alt News accessed the original NYT report and found that it says nothing about Brahmins killed. It does not even use the word Brahmin even once. We have reproduced it below so you can read for yourself and decide the credibility of the claim and those making it with such confidence.

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0130.html

As regards the fifteen deaths, The NYT only mentions, “Communal riots quickly swept Bombay when news of Mr. Gandhi’s death was received. The Associated Press reported that fifteen persons were killed and more than fifty injured before an uneasy peace was established

Once again this is an example of making a dubious claim and presenting evidence to make it sound legitimate, knowing that not many will really examine the evidence. Here’s a full page picture of the same report from NYT which TrueIndology had cropped and presented as proof.

Gandhi Killed New York Times

Case 13

Claim: Ivory sculpture depicting a Hindu Shahi King of Gandhara riding on an elephant. (c.800 CE). Found at Gansu province, Northwest China

TrueIndology: Ivory sculpture depicting a Hindu Shahi King of Gandhara riding on an elephant. (c.800 CE). Found at Gansu province, Northwest China

Reality: This is an image of the famous ivory Buddha from a Chinese museum

This image of the precious ivory Buddha was originally housed in Yulin Grottoes located near Anxi County, Gansu Province for over a thousand years. It has now been transferred to the Palace Museum at the Forbidden City in Beijing. A Chinese newspaper called Shenyang Daily (syd.com.cn) wrote about it and the translated version can be read here.

More history about this particular ivory Buddha can be read here and here.

Case 14

Claim: Ruins of temples destroyed by Tipu Sultan at Palakkad.

Trueindology: Ruins of temples destroyed by Tipu Sultan at Palakkad. It has been over 200 yers since Tipu Destroyed them, but our apathy very perplexing

Reality: The picture is of Neolithic settlement in the BC era

In October, 2013, The Hindu carried a report on Neolithic settlements being found in Gayathripuzha river valley in Kerala. The TrueIndology account has used this picture as ruins of temples destroyed by Tipu Sultan.

The Neolithic settlement were estimated to be from between 4000 BC and 1000 BC which makes the attempt to use this picture really hilarious considering Tipu Sultan lived from 1750-1799 AD.

neolithic-settlements-hindu

Case 15

Claim: Unlike Achaemenids,Indians did not believe in grandiose royal quarters but managed sophisticated Civilian settlements. c.450 BCE Unlike Achaemenids, Indians did not believe in grandiose royal quarters but managed sophisticated Civilian settlements. c.450 BCE

Trueindology: Unlike Achaemenids, Indians did not believe in grandiose royal quarters but managed sophisticated civilian settlements c. 450 BCE

Reality: This is not a picture of a civilian settlement, but the ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery.

The picture is of a monastery near the Taxila’s archaeological site in Pakistan. Known as Jaulian, these are the ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery in Haripur District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan. The monastery was burnt and destroyed in 455 CE by the White Huns.

The picture that TrueIndology account has used has been taken from here.

Julian Buddhist Monastery

Many more pictures of Jaulian Buddhist Monastery are available (Links 1, 2 & 3).

Jaulian Buddhist Monastery

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Again, the information presented in this article has researched a small selection of tweets from this account. There are many more instances where this account has blatantly lied. When claiming to speak authoritatively about history, every fact that is put out has to have a reference. Trueindology doesn’t provide a reference in most cases because it picks up images of the Internet, sometimes regurgitates the content on other websites, other times twists the content to suit its bigoted narrative. We would like to emphasize once again the importance of checking facts before believing everything that finds its way to the social media.

Link to Part 1 of TrueIndology or TrueFraudology => https://go.altnews.in/2s5aLqa
Link to Part 3 of TrueIndology or TrueFraudology => https://go.altnews.in/2sFfQGU
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15 Comments on "TrueIndology or TrueFraudology – Part 2 – A goldmine of fictitious historical claims"

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S L Parjapati
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Weldon Prateek Ji.

Biharislayer
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Abbey Well done ki spelling seekh le pehle. Sab bihari ho tum.

S Z Ahmad
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Kudos for your well researched refutation. There is certainly a need for exposing such black sheep masquerading as historians for their own personal agenda. Well done.

dasaradhi
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Good work Prateek. Thanks for waking us up.

Sumit
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Thanks for exposing this far right bigot

kerla
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no contradiction has been done on facts, image has no meaning because no one know real image of guru drona or warrior brahmin… likewise in rest argument , u didnt contradicted on facts. in my view trueindology has much better knowledge than u combined commi and congress

Muththuraja
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I am pretty sure that if your bosses say 1+1=3, you will defend it with your life.

Zohaib
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Good job!

Muththuraja
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I will not be surprised if those fake history posts make it to whatsap and hundreds of millions of gullible, credulous folks believe them as facts. The subterranean flood of fake news/facts through whatsapp is so hard to measure or stop. May god save the world, if he exists.

Arvind
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“if he exists” Lol.

Kga
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Thanks for educating. I never knew there were so many temples in Pakistan and the suppression of Hindus, Sikhs and Buddist in Pakistan in clearly evident

Mohan Rathore
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Read it again. 450 CE, long before Muslims even set foot there.

Jayshree
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This was fantastic! Thanks!

abhik
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You are doing a really good job. Salute.

Meghna Nayak
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brilliant journalism . so well researched. thank you. please continue to spread the word

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