Recently, in an interview with News Nation, PM Narendra Modi talked about leading India's digital revolution by claiming to have started using emails and digital camera in 1988.
However, Twitterati responded with actual facts about India's digital revolution, and called out the the fallacy in his comments:
This man is an incredible liar, digital camera in 1988, email in Mumbai in 1988. Man says whatever comes to his head. pic.twitter.com/Fd0bZytS9D— Bottomlinesman🦉 (@chulbulThurram) May 12, 2019
Even in the developed West (US, Canada) it would have been highly unusual for an average person to be sending an email as early as 1988. My first email 1996. But we know Modi is not your average person... 😅— Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) May 12, 2019
In any event, if Modi was actually using emails in 1987/88 making him one of the very few privileged Indians to have done so, he owes a huge thanks to his apparent opponent in this election, the late Rajiv Gandhi, and his then advisor @sampitroda 😂— Rupa Subramanya (@rupasubramanya) May 13, 2019
I went to the US in 1993. AOL was the dominant player. It started as an internet service provider in early 90s. We used to go to university to use email (DOS based). 1988? This is so embarrassing for India. #Feku https://t.co/KQfdYGGmmG— Salman Anees Soz (@SalmanSoz) May 12, 2019
Looking for people who used e-mail before 1988 in India apart from PM Modi.— Singh Varun (@singhvarun) May 13, 2019
On August 15, 1995, Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) launched public Internet access in India— Sandeep Wanchoo (@swanchoo) May 13, 2019
According to Modi’s latest interview, he emailed Advani in 1988 a full 7 years before the service was launched in this country
This is why he deserves to be PM for another term!
Modi and his Bhakts keep saying that there was no India before Modi Ji became the PM in 2014. How on earth Modi had got a personal email account in India in 1988 when Rajiv Gandhi was PM? Even in Swedish Universities, we got our personal email accounts in 1993 only.— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) May 13, 2019
1988 our PM used email ,where it was available for scientist and research scholar in some develop country,by the way email officially introduced in India in 1995. https://t.co/WItNU3cw1g— Khalid (@Khalid20763252) May 13, 2019
How did Mr. Modi send picture through email in 1988 when first— Aftab Alam آفتاب आफ़ताब (@aftabcalm) May 12, 2019
internet service in India was launched by VSNL on 14 August 1999?
Mr. PM bragging is not helpful. It is not the whistle which moves the train. https://t.co/sA0HEVu8Zy
PM #Modi claims to have used a digital camera in 1998 when the first digicam was introduced in 1990.— Nitish Kumar Singh (@NitishKumarSi17) May 13, 2019
He used email in 1988 when email came to India in 1995.
Modiji is a compulsive liar, whose lies don't even have a remote semblance to facts! https://t.co/MfBaS5T0sJ
So many talented people.— Sadiqmda (@Sadiqmda1) May 13, 2019
Lucky MP then.
But India has only 0.25 PM who says rubbish And lies. 😂
Radar/cloud,email/digital camera in 1988, gutter gas,climate change is due to our age etc.
It’s good that Times magazine didn’t write “India got a Lier PM-Lier of The century”.🙉
Internet in India was made publicly available in 1995 by VSNL but Modi was sending emails in 1987— Gaurav Pandhi गौरव पांधी (@GauravPandhi) May 13, 2019
Oh, and he was sooo poor that he owned a digital camera in 1987; most of the households purchased it 20 yrs later
Modi is the biggest embarrassment for India! pic.twitter.com/gYDuuCVvxJ
More recently, PM Modi has also earned flak from Twitterati for his comments on the Balakot strikes. He shared that he had suggested Indian fighter jets could escape detection by Pakistani radars under cloud cover.