Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday faced incessant trolling for inventing an extraordinary cloud science and how he used that theory to order the air strikes in Balakot in February this year.
Speaking to a TV channel, Modi said that experts were in two minds on whether India should go ahead with its plans to carry out air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot to avenge the Pulwama terror attack. He said, “You may remember that the weather was not good that day. It was raining heavily. Some experts said that we should change the date of our air strikes. I’m not an expert or scientist. But I said that there are so many clouds and it’s also raining. We have an advantage here that we can dodge the (Pakistani) radar. In my raw vision I felt if the clouds could help hide the jets from radar. Everyone was confused, but ultimately I said ‘it’s cloudy, go (and attack).'”
Modi’s comments advocating a revolutionary scientific theory were prominently tweeted from both official Twitter handles of the BJP and BJP Gujarat. However, the party deleted both the tweets in the face of widespread public ridicule.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to Modi’s comments made during his interview with News Nation TV channel.
On PM Modi’s radar & clouds comment, it seems no one clarified for the PM how radars work. If that is the case, then it is a very serious national security issue. No laughing matter!
— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) May 11, 2019
So now we know why our airstrikes failed – experts wanted to change the date but modi forced them to go ahead with his idiotic logic that clouds will help planes escape radars…
— Rohit Malaviya | ?? (@RohitMalaviya_) May 11, 2019
Modi reminds me of a marvellous guy who once said cloud computing is about real clouds and data gets lost & distorted in the storm and when cloud burst into rains.
Modi is extraordinary defence expert like that genius. https://t.co/c11Mhn8rif
— Rohin Makkar (@rohino) May 11, 2019
Since Modiji has revealed that he overruled the advice of IAF top brass to reschedule the Balakot air strike bcs of cloud cover, questioning Balakot strike is no longer about the IAF but about Modi’s lack of judgment & inability of cabinet ministers & his aides to dissuade him.
— Krishan Partap Singh (@RaisinaSeries) May 11, 2019
Modi says he preferred bad weather for the Balakot raid because cloud cover would protect planes from radar detection. And you guys make fun of Rahul Gandhi?
— अंशुल (@Ghair_Kanooni) May 11, 2019
Peenaz Tyagi’s reaction when Modi starts lying about his cloud cover theory. Priceless!
— Rofl Republic (@i_theindian) May 11, 2019
watch this classic dramatization by b-grade actors: it contains the classic advice he says he gave the “experts” from the air force.
they were concerned about the weather but. he told fearlessly: the clouds will provide you cover against pakistani रडार! https://t.co/e9Y0TpmtHk
— Rajiv Desai (@rnhd) May 11, 2019
Former Indian Air Force officer Khalid Ehsan said that cloudy weather had no relevance to modern Radar Detection ability. He told Janta Ka Reporter, “Cloudy condition could actually be detrimental to our ability to hit the target. “If the attack was to be Beyond Visual Range weapons like GPS guided weapons then the attack in cloudy weather or clear skies have no meaning,” he added.
Modi has been using the Balakot air strikes during most of his TV interviews and election speeches. However, the Indian Air Force has failed to produce conclusive evidence to support the Indian government’s claims that it killed hundreds of terrorists at the Jaish camp in Balakot.