Picture of Nehru, Indira Gandhi shared by her father-in-law with a false portrayal of “Yunus Khan”

An image of Indira Gandhi, daughter of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and two anonymous people is being shared with the claim that these people are Indira Gandhi’s husband Feroz Khan and her father-in-law Barkat Ali.

This picture is being shared much more with this declaration on Facebook.

This image has also been shared on Twitter.

Viral with the different claim in 2020

While sharing this picture, Facebook user Sukhi Rajput claimed, “This image has been received after much searching. The person standing to the left (red mark) in the picture is none other than Jawaharlal Nehru’s father-in-law and Younis Khan, father-in-law of Indira Nehru, father of Indira’s husband Feroz Khan.”

Some users were also sharing this image with the declaration – “Nehru, Indira, Yunus Khan (Indira’s father-in-law) and Feroze Khan (Indira’s husband) keep it safe, this is a rare picture of this mixed family, which later I became a Christian. “


India fake news using reverse image search on Yandex found that the claim shared on social media with this image is fake. Some of the people posing in the picture from left to right are as follows – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Russian artist Nicholas Roerich (bearded) and Indian diplomat Mohammad Yunus. It was taken in 1942 at Roerichs Estate located in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.

By searching a keyword on Google, we found this picture posted on Wikipedia. A book ISBN (978-5-86988-179-3) was given as the quotation of the picture. A search on Google of this number indicated that it was associated with the seventh volume of the letters of Nicholas Roerich’s wife Elena Roerich (Helena Roerich).

In this book, we got the picture of Nehru, Roerich and Indira Gandhi with the same man (far right). His identity has been stated as M. Yunus. Mohammad Yunus was described as a “former freedom fighter. He was not the father-in-law of Indira Gandhi but a nephew of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan. Indira Gandhi’s father-in-law, that is, Feroze Gandhi’s father, was Faridun Jehangir Gandhi.

The bearded man in the picture is Nicholas Roerich, a famous Russian painter of the 20th century. Roerich Estate is located in Naggar, Himachal Pradesh. According to a document available in the gallery, he was a Russian artist, archaeologist, philosopher, traveler, and writer. Several photographs describe that Nehru and Indira Gandhi visited the Roerich Estate in 1942.

To conclude, Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru’s photographs were shared with Indian diplomat Mohammad Yunus and Russian painter Nicholas Roerich with false claims. There was no photograph of the Nehru family with Indira Gandhi’s father-in-law “Yunus Khan”. His father-in-law, Faredoon Jehangir Ghandy, is not present in this picture.


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