Social media users have shared an aerial picture of tents with different captions and linked it to the farmers’ protest. Twitter user Sanghamitra wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “Tents are giving nightmares to this regime. This fear is good.” More than 500 people had retweeted this post before it was taken down.
Another user @GDnarbhakshi’s tweet was retweeted by over 400 people. (Archive link)
The image has also been shared on Facebook.
Old image from Kumbh Mela
After a reverse image of this picture, we found an article from a Finland-based travel website kerranelamassa.
The article carries pictures of the Maha Kumbh Mela, including the viral image described as, “Maha Kumbh Mela 2013.” The end of the article gives information about the Maha Kumbh Mela held in Prayagraj in 2013. The image has been credited to Ville Palonen.
Palonen is a photographer from Finland and kerranelamassa is his website. “Yes, I took this picture during the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad in 2013,” he told Alt News. He added that apart from kerranelamassa, this picture was also published on issuu.com. Other similar pictures of Maha Kumbh 2013 can also be found on Getty Images and Alamy.
At least an 8-year-old photo from Kumbh Mela was shared as a huge number of tents installed for protesting farmers. It is, however, noteworthy that agitating farmers have also set up tents in the ongoing protest.
Farmers walk in front of their tents on a blocked highway during a protest against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms in Ghaziabad, along the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh state border, on December 29, 2020.#AFPpic.twitter.com/mtI8uNtelI
— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) December 29, 2020