Modi’s ‘cloud theory’ exposes IAF expertise, embarrasses BJP after social media ridicule
NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent claim that he preferred bad weather conditions to carry out cross border Balakot airstrikes in order to hide Indian warplanes from Pakistan’s radars has caused embarrassment to the Indian political and military leadership.
In an interview with a mainstream Indian channel, Narendra Modi came up with his own ‘cloud theory’ and said that he used his ‘raw wisdom’ to dispel the doubts of defence experts after they suggested to alter the date for the mission due to bad weather.
Modi said that he gave the Indian Air Force (IAF) the green signal to proceed with airstrike on a target in Pakistan’s Balakot area on February 26, despite bad weather because “the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars”.
PM Modi said that “The weather suddenly turned bad, there were clouds… heavy rain. There was a doubt about whether we can go in the clouds. During a review (of the Balakot plan), by and large the opinion of experts was – what if we change the date. I had two issues in mind. One was secrecy… second, I said I am not someone who knows the science. I said there is so much cloud and rain. There is a benefit. I have a raw vision, the clouds can benefit us too. We can escape the radar. Everyone was confused. Ultimately I said there are clouds… let’s proceed.”
Though the Twitter accounts of the BJP’s India and Gujarat units shared the clip of the ‘News Nation’ interview were deleted soon after.
It is pertinent to mention here that Modi’s observation and ‘cloud theory’ has no scientific reasons as Radar technology uses radio waves to detect objects so the clouds over Balakot region would not have given IAF any advantage.
Indian PM Modi also faced nonstop trolling for coming up with an extraordinary cloud science to save IAF warplanes from Pakistan’s radars.
Member of Indian Communist Party, Sitaram Yechury criticised Modi for his irresponsible statement.
Modi's words are truly shameful. Most importantly, because they insult our Air Force as being ignorant and unprofessional. The fact that he is talking about all this is itself anti-national; no patriot would do this. pic.twitter.com/jxfGmdmlx7— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) May 11, 2019
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
Moreover, the Indian public also targetted Modi for his 'cloud science' and social media met with jokes, ridiculing the BJP and Modi for inventing his own science.
How's the PM?— Aditya Menon (@AdityaMenon22) May 11, 2019
High sir. https://t.co/qTiTj5a6GR
Narendra Modi is the kind of absolute Idiot who will ask ISRO to send a Spacecraft to Sun during night because it will be Cooler— Joy (@Joydas) May 11, 2019
Modi says he preferred bad weather for the Balakot raid because cloud cover would protect planes from radar detection. And you guys make fun of Rahul Gandhi?— अंशुल (@Ghair_Kanooni) May 11, 2019
Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have doggedly used the Balakot air strikes in the campaign for the general elections and created war hysteria by claiming that that the Balakot strike was resulted in at least 300 JeM terrorists, trainers and senior commanders, followed by the JeM claim of the Pulwama terror attack, which killed 40 Indian paramilitary troops.
Indian authorities faced worldwide shame after Pakistan exposed baseless Indian claims and revealed that the bombs only hit a few trees near it. International journalists and experts have also refuted India’s claims.
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