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No, Indira Gandhi is not addressing the soldiers in Galwan Valley in the viral picture shared by Congress

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An old, black and white photograph of former PM Indira Gandhi addressing Indian soldiers in Leh in 1971 is being shared with a false claim that the image was clicked in Galwan Valley. 

In the backdrop of recent clashes between India and China,  a photograph of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi addressing Indian Army soldiers with a mountain range in the background is going viral on social media claiming that picture was clicked at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, the disputed place where the clash took place on June 14. 

The black and white image was shared on Twitter page INC's Uttar Pradesh with a caption, "Indira Gandhi ji with soldiers in Galwan Valley."

Daman and Diu Congress Sevadal also shared this image saying, "This photo of Indira Gandhi addressing soldiers in Galwan valley shows that there was but one lioness this country has seen. The government is now in the hands of mice under whose reign China entered our border and killed 20 soldiers and the Prime Minister says no one had entered our borders. The 20 soldiers had died on their own." (Translated from Hindi)

Congress leader Alka Lamba also retweeted the image shared by a fan page of Indira Gandhi

The same image is being widely shared on Facebook as well with the same claim.

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation we found this claim to be misleading. The viral picture was clicked in Leh, Ladakh which is around 220 kilometers from the conflict zone of Galway Valley in eastern Ladakh.

With the help of reverse image search, we found an article carrying the viral image according to which, in the image, Gandhi was as interacting with soldiers in 'Leh'. The caption under the picture says, "One of the rare pictures of former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi addressing jawans in Leh in 1971."

We checked for the original source of this picture and found it in PTI's archive section. According to PTI, this is an 'undated' picture of Indira Gandhi that was taken in Leh in 1971.  The news agency has given the picture courtesy to DPR (Defence).

In conclusion, an old, black and white photograph of former PM Indira Gandhi addressing Indian soldiers in Leh in 1971 is being shared with a false claim that the image was clicked in Galwan Valley. 

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