Politicians and tall claims are strange bedfellows. While some make promises they cannot keep, others make statements with absolutely no facts to back it up. The latter seems to be the case with Aslam Basha, a Congress leader from Tamil Nadu. He took to Twitter to post an image of a girl pulling Kolkata’s famed hand-pulled rickshaw and claimed she was an IAS topper introducing her father to the world.
The picture looks like a perfect image to piggy-back on to gain political brownie points. The only problem here is that the girl is no IAS topper and the man in the picture is not her father. According to her Instagram profile, the girl named Shramona Poddar is a travel blogger and tried pulling the rickshaw for the sake of indulging in the experience alone. The extensive post indicates that she is not related to the man in any way. She posted the image on her Instagram page way back in April.
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Repost from @wildcraftin So here goes the story behind this. Since childhood, whenever I used to visit the north and central part of Calcutta essentially, I would feel sympathetic everytime I would spot a hand pulled rickshaw, thereby choosing not to use them. Until recently when my sympathy coincided with the realization that we're helping to earn their bread and butter only when we're taking a ride. So last time I was in Calcutta, the #wildcraftwildling in me decided to pull a handpull rickshaw instead, to see how difficult and strenuous it really is. I asked the rickshaw uncle to have a seat while I pulled him around on the streets of Shobhabazar, tickling the bell at intervals while the whole street stood and watched in awe. I realized though there's a lot of mechanism involved, it wasn't a piece of cake at all. All my years of inquistiveness transpired to salutation for the extreme precision and relentless efforts that go in during each trip made. Yet each day they wake up with the same enthusiasm to battle the odds. This spirit is what inspires me to be #ReadyforAnything. #GoStreet #kolkata #calcutta #calcuttacacaphony #travel #handpullrickshaw #wildcraft #adventure #kolkatatourism #MishtiAndMeatftWildcraft Photo by @bhaskar_0007
They say a picture speaks a thousand words and unfortunately for Aslam Basha this original image seems to be speaking the truth. But unfortunately for truth, Basha’s post has been liked over 3500 times and retweeted over 1000 times.