Prime Minister Narendra Modi surpassed himself in an interview to News Nation TV channel on Saturday evening. He claimed that the Indian Air Force was hesitant to carry out the air strike on Balakot in Pakistan because of adverse weather conditions. The experts were in favour of deferring the strike at an alleged terrorist camp by way of retaliation to the suicide attack at Pulwama ten days ago.
But the Prime Minister claimed that he overruled the Air Force. The rain and the cloudy sky, he declared, would be advantageous as the IAF planes would then escape detection by Pakistani radars.
The Prime Minister backed this preposterous claim with a pat on his own back. The pundits, he said, who never failed to attack him, had not thought of the advantage the cloud cover would give.
PM Modi, on past occasions, has made equally preposterous statements like the time he insisted he had seen a tea vendor drawing ‘gas’ from the adjoining drain to run the stove. But on Saturday he took the cake by displaying his ignorance of how Radars work and how radio waves can penetrate cloud cover.
The comment and the video clip, tweeted and then deleted quickly by the BJP last night, invited ridicule and made the PM into a laughing stock. There was also outrage at the Prime Minister displaying such ignorance in matters of defence and national security.
Here is a selection of some of the comments posted on Twitter. The links are given at the bottom.