Fact Check: Does This Image Show Tribal Girl Inaugurating The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre? Here’s The Truth


A picture of a woman with the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, is being shared on social media with a claim that the picture shows an Adivasi lady inaugurating the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.

Facebook users shared the picture with the caption, “Bhabha Atomic plant being inaugurated by an Adivasi lady. This Was Nehru, who shows his character by his working style. Tribute to Legendary Chacha Nehru on his death anniversary.”

Here’s the link to the above post.


We fact-checked the post and found the claim to be misleading.

We put the image through a Reverse Image Search and found that the same image was shared by the official Twitter account of the Indian National Congress on May 1, 2017. As per the image caption, the picture shows a tribal worker Budhni Mejhan pressing the button to inaugurate the Panchet Dam (now in Jharkhand) in 1959.

The caption of the post read, “Budhni Mejhan, a tribal worker at Panchet Dam who was asked by Pt Nehru to press the button & inaugurate the dam’s operation, 1959.”

The same image was also published in a report by The Hindu dated 2012. The image was captioned, “SWITCHED ON, SWITCHED OFF: Budhni inaugurating the power station at the Panchet dam in December 1959. Photo: Nehru Memorial Museum And Library, New Delhi.”

Moreover, we found that Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay (AEET) was established by Dr Homi J. Bhabha on 3 January 1954. However, after the demise of Dr Homi Bhabha in 1966, the centre was renamed Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) on 22 January 1967.

Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the viral image is being shared with a misleading narrative.

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