Fact Check: Digitally Morphed Image Showing RSS Members Saluting The Queen Of England Is Viral

Social media users are sharing an image showing RSS members saluting Queen Elizabeth with the hashtag #हम_संघी_है. The Logical Indian Fact Check team verifies the image.

India   |   4 March 2021 2:16 PM GMT
Writer : Yusha Rahman | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Digitally Morphed Image Showing RSS Members Saluting The Queen Of England Is Viral

Image Credit: India Tv

Many netizens are sharing a black and white image of a troop of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) men saluting queen. The image has a text that says, "Short-pants wearers RSS giving a salute to the queen...Slaves of Britishers." Social media users are sharing this image while trending the hashtag #हम_संघी_है.

The post is being shared to show how RSS bowed to the British government in India. One tweet with the image says, "History of RSS and Sanghis."

Link to the post can be seen here.

The post is viral since 2016. Uttarakhand Youth Congress and Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam had shared the same post in 2016.


The viral picture shows RSS members saluting the queen of England.

Fact Check:

The Logical Indian did a reverse image search and found that the viral image is digitally manipulated.

Image 1: Image of RSS workers

On reverse image search, we found that one of the images is of RSS members standing in a row. The image is available on the website Newsgram, in an article titled, 'Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS): Providing Service to Mankind Amid COVID-19 Pandemic' published on April 28, 2020. The image is attributed to Flickr.

The image was also published in Deccan Chronicle on Jan 15, 2016, with PTI attribution.

The original image is coloured and does not have the any woman in it.

Image 2: Image of Queen

The second image is of Queen Elizabeth. We found that the second image was published on a website, British Heritage, in an article published on February 1, 2021. The image on the website is shared with the caption, "Queen Elizabeth II inspects men of the newly-renamed Queen's Own Nigeria Regiment, Royal West African Frontier Force, at Kaduna Airport, Nigeria, during her Commonwealth Tour, 2nd February 1956. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)."

The original image is coloured and shows Queen Elizabeth meeting Nigerian soldiers and not Sangh members.

Hence, the viral image is digitally photoshopped to show that RSS members were saluting Britishers.

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Claim Review :  The viral picture shows RSS pracharaks saluting the queen of England.
Claimed By :  Social Media
Fact Check :  False
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Yusha Rahman

Yusha Rahman


Yusha, an engineer turned journalist with a core interest in sensible journalism. Since the time she worked in an MNC, she saw how fake news was rife to malign images of communities, leaders, etc. This encouraged her to give up her career in MNC and passionately work towards curbing fake news and propaganda.

Bharat Nayak

Bharat Nayak

Founding Editor - Special Project

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

Creative Supervisor

" 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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