A clip from his recent interview with News Nation has gone viral, in which Modi can be heard claiming that he was one of the first people in India to use a digital camera in 1988 – purportedly to click a coloured photograph of BJP veteran leader LK Advani.
PM Modi also claimed that he was one of the early adopters of the electronic mail (email), back in 1988.
Economist Rupa Subramanya pointed out that even in the West, email was available to only a select few. “But Modi somehow used it in 1988 in India before it was officially introduced to the rest of us in 1995,” she said.
In 1988, even in the developed west, email was available to a few academics and scientists but Modi somehow used it in 1988 in India before it was officially introduced to the rest of us in 1995. 😳 https://t.co/cq3nhRLEQJ
— Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) May 12, 2019
Political commentator Salman Soz, meanwhile, said the gaffe was an “embarrassment for India.”
I went to the US in 1993. AOL was the dominant player. It started as an internet service provider in early 90s. We used to go to university to use email (DOS based). 1988? This is so embarrassing for India. #Feku https://t.co/KQfdYGGmmG
— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) May 12, 2019
Scholar Ashok Swain slammed the prime minister, saying Modi suffers from a “serious illness” and that he “needs proper medical care.”
Modi claims that he had a digital camera in 1987-88 and an email account in 1988. He even sent a color photo as an email attachment within India in 1988 too.
Modi suffers from serious illness and he needs proper medical care!
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) May 12, 2019
Many Fact-Checked the PM
Modi had digital camera in 1988 and used email service in 1988.
FYI – The first digital camera came into existence in 1990 and email service in India was introduced in 1995.
Who care about facts. Whatever Modiji says is the Truth. pic.twitter.com/IPwifqkRsS
— Drunk Journalist (@drunkJournalist) May 12, 2019
Some users Tweeted the first ever photograph sent as an email attachment, an event that took place four years (in 1992) after Modi’s first alleged email.
ये पहली फोटो थी जो ईमेल अटैचमेंट के तौर पर भेजी गयी थी। इसे भेजने वाले थे Nathaniel Borenstein जिन्होंने 1992 में MIME स्टैण्डर्ड का आविष्कार किया
जबकि मोदीजी आडवाणी की फोटो 1987 में ही ईमेल से दिल्ली भेज चुके थे। तो क्या MIME के अविष्कार का क्रेडिट अब मोदी को नहीं मिलना चाहिए? pic.twitter.com/XPhYy7KG9A
— ब्रह्मपिशाच हंटर (@KrishanYadava) May 13, 2019
The first commercial production digital camera went on sale in 1990. In 1987, Modi had a digital camera. Surely must have been this prototype. pic.twitter.com/H7b8FMclha
— Divider Pre💤 Verde ℠ (@PresidentVerde) May 13, 2019
In the interview to a private news channel aired on Saturday, Narendra Modi said he used his “raw wisdom” to dispel doubts of defence experts who wanted the air strike to be deferred due to bad weather. “The weather was not good on the day of the air strike. There was a thought that crept in the minds of the experts that the day of the strike should be changed. However, I suggested that the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars,” Modi said while talking about the cross-border strike on terror camps in response to the Pulwama attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel.
Experts who did not wish to be identified said a radar can pick up signals even in adverse weather.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) raised the issue to Election Commission by saying that Narendra Modi consistently mentions Armed Forces in his speeches and violates the Model Code of Conduct for Election.
Modi’s ridiculous comments on radars, clouds and fighter jets have been deservedly mocked but the EC needs to act against him for invoking armed forces hours before the sixth phase of voting. Letter to EC asking for prompt and strict action on this flagrant violation. pic.twitter.com/yVDr0emlJM
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) May 12, 2019
The prime minister’s comment drew widespread condemnation from various quarters, including a large number of memes on social media. A number of Congress leader also hit out at Modi over his remarks. Congress spokesperson Rajeev Satav said, “Modi Ji, I totally understand that you are an expert in planning ‘escape’ operations including that of Nirav Modi, Mehul Bhai and Vijay Mallya as they were never on your radar. Your #EntireCloudCover remarks speak volumes about your understanding and knowledge of National security.”
The Telegraph Kolkata has carried a front-page story based on his remark.