Fact Check: Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara Was Interviewed By KP Bhanumathy for AIR, Not Neelima Sanyal

A viral picture of Argentine revolutionary, Che Guevara, with a woman is widely circulating online. People have shared the picture, claiming that it was taken in 1959 during Che’s interview with the then-famous newsreader Neelima Sanyal in the studio of All India Radio, Delhi.

A Facebook user posted the viral picture with a caption: 

এই সেই দুর্লভ ছবি,দিল্লীতে অল ইন্ডিয়া রেডিওর স্টুডিওতে প্রখ্যাতা বেতার সংবাদ পাঠিকা নিলীমা সান্যাল ও মহান বিপ্লবী কমরেড চে গুয়েভারা, ১৯৫৯সালের তোলা ছবি। সৌজন্যে:- অশোক রায়।

(English translation: This is a rare photo, taken in 1959, of famous radio newsreader Neelima Sanyal and the great revolutionary comrade Che Guevara at the studio of All India Radio in Delhi. Courtesy: Ashok Roy)

You can check the post here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the viral picture and found it to be false.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the picture, we spotted a news article in Scroll.in, dated December 3, 2014, with the title: ‘Photos: When Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara visited India’, shows us pictures from Che’s trip to India back in 1959. 

One of the pictures in the article matches exactly with the viral photo and the description informs that the news presenter in the image is KP Bhanumathy, instead of Neelima Sanyal.

According to another article in India Times, dated June 8, 2016, and titled: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About All India Radio – That Completes 80 Years Today, Che was interviewed by KP Bhanumathy on AIR during his 1959 visit to India. 

One more article on Radioandmusic.com, titled: AIR over the decades, displays the same image saying that the presenter is KP Bhanumathy. 

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral post claiming that the interviewer in the image with Che Guevara is Neelima Sanyal is false.

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