It may be difficult to believe, but an Indian newspaper was found in the melting snow of the Mo Blanc glacier in the Alps mountain region of France, that too in 1966.
It is believed that this newspaper may have fallen in the area from an Air India aircraft which crashed on January 24, 1966. In this accident, all 117 people aboard the plane were killed.
On the front page of this newspaper, there is news of Indira Gandhi becoming Prime Minister, even today, the credit of being the only woman Prime Minister of India is in the name of Indira Gandhi.
In fact, a man running a local restaurant has found dozens of newspapers in the National Herald and Economic Times.
Timothy Motin Chamonix runs a restaurant in the Sky Resort Area at an altitude of 1350 meters above the French resort of Chamonix, also found these newspapers. He told the news AFP, “Newspapers are drying up but in good condition. You can read it.”
After the newspapers dry up, Timothy will display them in his restaurant among the items he has recovered so far after the accident.
He said, “This is not unusual.” Whenever we roam the glacier with friends, we get debris of the crashed plane. You understand from experience where things are.
The Air India Boeing 707 aircraft crashed into the mountains due to a communication gap related to air traffic control, in which all 177 people, including crew members, were killed.
A year later, a French climber found a metal box bearing the Air India logo and it contained emeralds, sapphires and rubies ranging from 1,17,000 to 2,30,000 British pounds.
Mountain glaciers are melting as global temperatures rise. In the last September itself, the authorities had issued a warning that some parts of Moe Blan Garden can collapse at any time.
Indira Gandhi, the daughter of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was herself Prime Minister of India for 15 years. For the first time she was Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977, for 11 years. Emergency was also imposed in it between 1975 and 1977.
After this, She returned as Prime Minister of India in January 1980 after being out of power for three years. To overcome Sikh extremists in the state of Punjab, She resorted to Operation Blue Star. Later She was shot and killed by two of his Sikh security guards.
Human remains were also found in the area in 2017, which is believed to be related to the 1966 crashed aircraft or another Indian aircraft ‘Malabar Princess’, which was an accident in the area in 1950.
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Indian newspapers with headlines of Indira Gandhi’s election victory in 1966 have been received from French Bosons glaciers on the Mont Blanc mountain range in Western Europe.
Many things related to this crash of Air India aircraft started to be received from 2012. In 2012, a bag of diplomatic mail was found in which the seal of ‘Diplomatic Posts, Ministry of External Affairs’ in the service of the Government of India.