PM Narendra Modi claims that he has been using email and digital camera since 1988. Modi came up with a statement during a television interview on Saturday.
“I used a digital camera for the time around 1987 or 1988. Very few had e-mail at that time. Advani ji was holding a public meeting in Viramgam tehsil in Gujarat. Back then I took pictures of him on a digital camera. I clicked the photo and transmitted it to Delhi, which was published the next day. Advani ji was very surprised how his colour photo was published within a day,” PM Modi said.
Shortly after, PM Modi’s comments social media was flooded with posts signifying PM Modi over his claims. The users pointed out and made people aware about the fact that first digital camera was developed in 1987, whereas the commercial e-mail services became available after 1995.
According to technology publisher CNET, the first true digital camera was built in 1981 by the University of Calgary Canada ASI Science Team. However, it was in 1990 when a digital camera was first made commercially available.
On the other hand, the internet was not available to the general public in India until 14 August 1995. It was brought to consumers via the state-owned Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL). Therefore, sending of E – Mail was not possible. Although the internet was widely used by academia since the 1980s.
In the same interview, PM Modi claimed that he advised the Indian Air Force to use clouds to hide from Pakistan’s radars during the Balakot air strikes.
“The weather was not good on the day of air strike. There was a thought that crept in the minds of the experts that the day of strike should be changed. However, I suggested that the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars,” Modi said .