The culture ministry on Friday put up a video on Twitter to mark India's 70th Independence Day but was soon left embarrassed after it was discovered that the video featured Pakistan's JF-17 'Thunder' fighter jets with the tricolour.
Egg on its face, the ministry was quick to pull back the video from social media but sadly it was too little too late.
Social media users were obviously quicker to bash the government for putting an animated sequence at the beginning of over one minute video that showed two JF-17's brandishing the Indian flag.
Copy paste can hurt you.. ministry of culture used China-Pak JF-17 fighter jet flying with Tirana.. pic.twitter.com/CEyloLIKmP— (((Pradip R.Sagar))) (@pradiprsagar) August 12, 2016
The JF-17 was jointly developed by Pakistan and China and both the countries are promoting it to garner global supply orders for the jet. Pakistan intends to make it the main stay of its fighter fleet.
Confronted about the gaffe, a government source said it was an inadvertent mistake as the JF-17 looks similar to India's Tejas light combat aircraft and it is difficult for an ordinary citizen to know the difference between the two types of aircraft.
However, realising the mistake, it was removed promptly, the source added.
Incidentally, Sri Lanka, which was in talks for the JF-17, has rejected the aircraft and is now eyeing Tejas.
Here is how Twitterati have reacted to the goof-up:
At least it was the right flag. https://t.co/r77lzl2exs— Abhijan Choudhury (@abhijan666) August 12, 2016
Idiots at Indias' ministry of culture cannot differentiate btwn JF17, F16 or LCA even if their life depended on it https://t.co/rmKPQseDOP— Disha gaganaviharin (@Gajaakesari) August 12, 2016
Cultural ministry shows Chinese jet with Indian flag..! https://t.co/wan7AqE6LDROFL.. )))Photoshop Govt with Zero efficient Govenance— மகிழ்வரசு ThePatriot (@Anandraaj04) August 12, 2016
In any case, why did a Ministry of *Culture* I-Day video feature combat aircraft? Books, music, poetry, dance...?? https://t.co/NJbp5sAP3R— Poonam Saxena (@PoonamSaxena_) August 13, 2016
(With inputs from PTI)