This election has seen Prime Minister Narendra Modi repeatedly cause embarrassment for himself and his party, the BJP. He was either seen stooping to new lows with his comments, perceived to be in poor taste, or making extraordinary claims that appeared to be far from the truth.
The prime minister became a topic of widespread ridicule after he claimed that he had ordered the air strikes inside Pakistan in February this year despite cloudy and rainy weather condition because, in his ‘raw vision,’ he felt that this could help Indian fighter jets dodge the Pakistani radar system. Modi had made this extraordinary claim during an interview to a TV channel. However, what went unnoticed was his other outrageous claim that he used a digital camera and email in 1987 to send a photo to his mentor LK Advani in a timeliness manner.
Modi said that it was around 1987-88 when he used a digital camera for the first time. He said, “Very few people use to have email at the time. There was an Advani rally in my tehseel. At that time I took a photo using a digital camera. That time the digital camera used to be this big (uses his hands). I had a digital camera. I took a photo of Advani and transmitted it to Delhi (using email). A colour photo appeared in the newspaper the next day. Advani ji was surprised and said how did my colour photo appear today?”
Modi: "I used Digital Camera and Email in 1987-88."
📸 Kodak unveiled the first consumer digital camera (model DC 40) on March 28, 1995 in US
📧 Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) launched public Internet access in India on August 15, 1995
Modi is a pathological liar. pic.twitter.com/cCPEUigpNV
— Rofl Republic (@i_theindian) May 12, 2019
Many were quick to remind Modi that it wasn’t until the mid 90s when the email came to India. One user mocked Modi by saying that the prime minister used email service to send a photo eight years before it came to India and he used a ‘digital camera 7 years before it came to India.’
This is how Twitterati reacted with many claiming that the joke was on India’s elite, who had elected such a person as their prime minister.
I had a digital camera in 1987-88. And I took a colour photo, which I sent by email in 1987-88. — Narendra Modi.
The joke is not on Modi.
The joke is on the “educated” elite/middle class supporters of Modi who have made idiocy and ignorance fashionable.
— NissimMannathukkaren (@nmannathukkaren) May 13, 2019
Is there no end to Modi’s lies? He says a took a digital photograph in 1988 and transmitted it by email. (First digital camera was sold by Nikon in 1987 and commercial emails were introduced in 1990-95) pic.twitter.com/3kKazQAMGQ
— RKHuria #ChowkidarChorHai (@rkhuria) May 12, 2019
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
India is going through its parliamentary polls in seven phases with the last phase scheduled for 19 May. The counting will take place on 23 May.