Fact Check: No, Viral Photo Does Not Show Dr Rajendra Bharud With His Mother

The Logical Indian Fact Check team investigates the claim that a viral photograph shows Dr Rajendra Bharud with his mother.

Maharashtra   |   18 Aug 2020 11:14 AM GMT / Updated : 2020-08-18T17:11:44+05:30
Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: No, Viral Photo Does Not Show Dr Rajendra Bharud With His Mother

A photograph of the District Collector of Nandurbar Dr Rajendra Bharud with a woman is being shared with the claim that she is his mother. Nandurbar is an administrative district in Maharashtra.

Dr Rajendra Bharud has been making headlines over the years owing to his inspirational journey. Hailing from the Samode region in Dhule district of Maharashtra, he was the first person to become IAS from Maharashtra's tribal Bhil community.

A message is also being forwarded along with the Photograph, below is the message:

"The young man is Mr.Rajendra Bharud, Collector of Nandurbar, Maharashtra. He was born in Bhill cast (same like that of Shabari in Ramayan) in a tribal area in the same district. Through sheer hard work, dedication, hardships and insults from society he completed his MBBS with 97% marks, cleared UPSC with flying colors and became an IAS Officer. His mother shown in the photograph was extracting deshi daru for her livelihood and gave education to her son."

The Logical Indian Received a request to verify the claims.


Inspirational story of Dr Rajendra Bharud shared with the photo of him with his mother.

Fact Check:

The claim is misleading.

The Logical Indian reached out to Dr Bharud who clarified that the woman in the photograph is not his mother.

"She is an old lady from my Bhil tribe, from Nanded," Collector Bharud said.

"I used to go to her house because she is like my granny," he added.

He also shared a picture of him with his mother, which can be seen below.

On being asked about the message that is doing the rounds, Dr Bharud said that "the story is true, however, the picture is not of my mother."

Dr Bharud also shared his story which was originally penned by Madhuri Pethkar. His father had passed away before he was born. Steeped in poverty, his mother took matters in her own hands. She used to make liquor from flowers and sold it for a living. Dr Bharud graduated from Mumbai's G S Medical College and cracked the UPSC examination in the same year. He currently serves in the Nandurbar district of Maharashtra as a District Collector.

Therefore, while the contents of the message are true, the photo with which it is being shared is misleading because the lady in the photo is not her mother.

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Claim Review :  Inspirational story of Dr Rajendra Bharud shared with the photo of him with his mother.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  Misleading
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Aditi Chattopadhyay

Aditi Chattopadhyay

Fact Checker

Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

Bharat Nayak

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As the founding editor, Bharat had been heading the newsroom during the formation years of the organization and worked towards editorial policies, conceptualizing and designing campaign strategies and collaborations. He believes that through the use of digital media, one could engage the millennial's in rational conversations about pertinent social issues, provoking them to think and bring a behavioral change accordingly.

Abhishek M

Abhishek M

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" An engineer by profession, Abhishek is the creative producer of the team, graphic designing is his passion and travelling his get away. In more ways than one, he makes the content visually appealing."

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