A photo of a water cooler with “Who is Hussain?” banner pasted on it is viral falsely claimed as installtion on Delhi station.
Claim: “भारत के #इस्लामीकरण की तैयारी, #दिल्ली के रेलवे स्टेशन पर पानी पीने से पहले #हुसैन को जानना बहुत जरूरी है, अगर इस पर “जय श्री राम” लिखा होता तो ये साम्प्रदायिक हो जाता, क्या कोई जानता है ये हुसैन कौन था..”
Translation: “The start of Islamisation of India, before you drink water from the railway station in Delhi, it is necessary to know who is Hussain. If ‘Jai Shree Ram’, was written on it, it would have become a religious issue. Does anyone know Who is Hussain..”
The image has been shared widely on Facebook,
A lot of people started sharing the image on their timeline,
The image was also shared widely on Twitter,
The ‘Who Is Hussain’ water coolers were installed at the Raipur Railway Station in 2018. They were removed later after a backlash.
For background information and context, ‘Who Is Hussain’ is a registered charitable organization in England and Wales, with “teams in 90 cities across the globe”.
Upon doing a Google Reverse Image Search of the viral image search it led us to Who Is Hussain’s India Facebook page, it was found that the water coolers were installed in 2018, at Raipur Railway Station, Chattisgarh by the same charitable organization.
It was met with a lot of backlash by people.
A Twitter user ‘Frustitute’ captioned it, “This is put on a Indian Railway platform, Think same thing put with “Drink Water, Think Shri Ram” It will be in news all over the world.” The tweet was posted on 9th May, 2018.
A lot of people were angry, and a lot of asked the Railways to remove it immediately.
The Western Railway intervened soon and asked the Division Railway Manager, to look into the matter,
After a lot of backlashes and the intervention by Indian Railways, the stickers were removed from the water cooler. The same user, ‘Frustitute’ put out the images of it being removed in the same Twitter thread.
Samir Abbas (Executive Editor @TV9Bharatvarsh, Past: Consulting Editor News18, Executive Editor Live India, Ex@News18India, @INDIATVNews| Nation First) confirmed with the removal of the stickers on Twitter. The tweet was posted on May 12, 2018.
He posted on Twitter, “इमाम हुसैन को यज़ीद की ज़ालिम फ़ौज ने 3 दिन का भूखा-प्यासा शहीद किया था। इसीलिए कहा जाता है #DrinkWaterThinkHussain यानि आप पानी की अहमियत समझें पर अफ़सोस इस बात का कि कुछ कट्टरपंथियों को रायपुर स्टेशन पर एक NGO के लगाए प्याऊ पर हुसैन का नाम लिखा चुभने लगा और इसे ज़बरन हटा दिया।”
(Translation: Imam Hussein was martyred for 3 days by the Zalim army of Yazid. That’s why #DrinkWaterThinkHussain That is, you understand the importance of water, but it is a pity that some fundamentalists started pricking the name of Hussain at the point of planting of an NGO at Raipur station and removed it forcefully.)
Milli Gazette, a Muslim’s English newspaper, disappointed at the Railways’s decision posted on their Facebook page.
They captioned it as, “Will @drm_raipur & @WesternRly also remove stickers from other kiosks in all railway stations in India? Will Hussaini Brahmins remain silent at this disrespect to Imam Hussain? Will all secular India silently watch this communal discrimination? It was never about #Jinnah“
Therefore, it is established that the ‘Who Is Hussain’ water coolers were installed on Raipur Railway Station, Chattisgarh, and were removed. The entire thing happened in May 2018.
Therefore, the viral claims of water coolers being installed in Delhi are completely false. It is to be noted that they were installed in Raipur, Chattisgarh, and were removed later after a backlash.