Modi – a tale of emails, clouds, rains and radars

He amuses Indians like nobody’s business. If you are thinking of taking some of his recent comments seriously, you will be disappointed to know otherwise. Until a few days ago, we were all happy with the knowledge of when the internet and digital cameras were introduced in our country (we definitely knew it was not anytime before 90s). But then our PM told us that he used a digital camera to click Advani ji’s pictures and then transmitted them to Delhi for print in 1988.

Reading this epic line, how could technology users hold their horses? They pointed out that the first digital camera was developed in 1987, whereas commercial e-mail services became available after 1995 in India.

The PM was giving an interview to a Television channel when he made these comments. The interview was broadcast on Saturday. In the very same interview, PM Modi also claimed that he had advised the Indian Air Force to take advantage of the clouds to hide from Pakistan’s radars during the Balakot air strikes.

In his words, “The weather suddenly turned bad, there were clouds… heavy rain. There was a doubt about whether we can go in the clouds. During a review (of the Balakot plan), by and large, the opinion of experts was – what if we change the date. I had two issues in mind. One was secrecy… second, I said I am not someone who knows the science. I said there is so much cloud and rain. There is a benefit. I have a raw vision, the clouds can benefit us too. We can escape the radar. Everyone was confused. Ultimately I said there are clouds… let’s proceed.”

Along with the opposition party, artists, cartoonists, graffiti artists, writers, and comedians ridiculed PM Modi to the core. This is not the first time he has been facing this; bringing us back to the same disappointment. Jokes apart, we, as an emerging global power, cannot afford to have our leaders speaking out such ideas. India is a progressing country. If elections here are fought on these topics, there is a maximum possibility of more citizens leaving the country which is already the case right now or a dictator in the making which is also quite a real phenomenon right now, experts say.

(The article reflects the author’s personal views and opinions)

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