Social Media in Awe of PM’s Cloud Theory about the Balakot Strikes
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he gave the Indian Air Force a go ahead with its airstrike on a target in Pakistan’s Balakot area on February 26th despite bad weather because “the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars”.
In an interview to News Nation on May 11th, Modi said that he used his “raw wisdom” to dispel the doubts of defence experts who planned the mission.
But as it turns out, our Prime Minister’s claim has no scientific basis. There’s no way, experts claimed on Twitter, that the Indian planes would’ve had any advantage with cloud cover. This is because radar technology uses radio waves to detect objects, which is hardly affected by weather conditions, especially cloud cover.
The BJP’s official handle tweeted the clip along with the transcript: “The weather was not good on the day of airstrikes. There was a thought that crept in the minds of the experts that day of strike should be changed. However, I suggested that the clouds can actually help our planes escape the radars.”
However, both the BJP’s India and Gujarat units deleted them soon after. But Twitter was already in awe of the PM’s brilliance.
3 Conclusions I draw from this video -— Dhruv Rathee (@dhruv_rathee) May 12, 2019
Modi will happily LIE about India's national security if it benefits him personally
Modi gives more importance to his stupid opinions than expert opinion
Modi considers most Indians as idiots, who will fall for his Hyper Fekugiri pic.twitter.com/CBmXzQUgK1
He's one step away from saying he was the pilot... https://t.co/sQhCnTwrWu— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) May 11, 2019
suno, by road chalte hain, unki radar ko lagega ki bus aa rahi hai. pic.twitter.com/jkF1Vs1Kll— Rofl Gandhi (@RoflGandhi_) May 11, 2019
Modi’s next choice of National Security Advisor pic.twitter.com/YpoN1ST7no— Amitabh Dubey (@dubeyamitabh) May 12, 2019
Blackmoney still exists because at any given point in time there is some sort of cloud cover over India. This allows blackmarketeers to move the "microchip"-enabled Rs 2,000 notes easily and avoid detection by our Radar. - - Bhakt #cloud #modi— Jarshad NK (@jarshadnk) May 11, 2019
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury found his “irresponsible” statement quite “shameful” and “damaging”.
National security is not something to be trifled with. Such an irresponsible statement from Modi is highly damaging. Somebody like this can’t remain India’s PM. https://t.co/wK992b1kuJ— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) May 11, 2019
Pakistani radar doesn’t penetrate clouds. This is an important piece of tactical information that will be critical when planning future air strikes. https://t.co/OBHwEJfGSW— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 11, 2019
The Balakot airstrike was a “non-military preemptive action” by the Indian government, 12 days after the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel. The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed group claimed responsibility.