Photo shared as the first iftar party hosted by Nehru in 1947 is false.
The first Iftar party in independent India was given by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1947, in which his cabinet is visible. But Sardar Patel had opposed it saying that it is dangerous for the country to start this wrong tradition, whereas a few months back we had not organized any party on Holi, Diwali.
An image of a group of people having food is shared to claim that it was the first iftar party hosted by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1947. The post also claims that Sardar Patel had opposed it saying that it is dangerous for the country to start this wrong tradition, whereas a few months back they had not organized any party on Holi or Diwali. Posts with such a claim can be seen here and here.
The posts in Hindi read as “स्वतंत्र भारत मे पहली इफ्तार पार्टी 1947 में जवाहर लाल नेहरू ने दी थी जिसमें उनका मंत्रीमंडलनजर आ रहा है | लेकिन सरदार पटेल ने इसका विरोध किया था कियह गलत परंपरा शुरू करना देश के लिए खतरनाक है जबकि कुछही महीने पहले हमने होली, दिवाली पर किसी पार्टी का आयोजन नही किया था।”
What is the truth?
When reverse-searching the viral image we found a Facebook page named ‘Jay Bhim’ in Hindi posted the viral image on its page on 29, October 2020 with the caption “Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar during dinner on the occasion of C. RajaGopalachari’s appointment as India’s Governor General. (June 1948)”.
The same photo is found on the Alamy website with the caption in Marathi as “Marathi: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad and other Ministers present at Vallabhbhai Patel’s ministerial invitation to celebrate Chakraborty Rajagopalchari becoming India’s first Governor General. June 1948;”
Another photograph taken on the same occasion is found on the ‘zoroastrians’ website mentioning it as Nehru’s cabinet seen at lunch hosted by Sardar Patel after C. Rajagopalachari became the Governer-General in 1948. The names of people in the photograph are also listed on the webpage.
The same image was earlier spread with a similar claim in 2022. Youturn fact-checked and published an article on the same.
Read More: https://youturn.in/factcheck/1947-india-first-iftar-party.html
It is found that the viral image is not of first iftar party hosted by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1947 but was hosted by Sardar Patel after C. Rajagopalachari became the Governer-General in 1948.