The Hush Post | 12:55 pm | Two-minute read
PM Narendra Modi’s comment in an interview has started a huge debate and many are criticising him. In an interview with News Nation, PM Narendra Modi said that the clouds and rain can prevent Pakistani radars from detecting the Indian aircrafts during the Balakot air strike.
“The weather suddenly turned bad, there were clouds… heavy rain. There was a doubt about whether we can fly through the clouds. By and large, the opinion of the experts was- what if we change the date (of the strike). I had two issues in my mind. One was secrecy…. Second, I said I am not someone who knows science. I said there is so much cloud and rain. There is a benefit. I have raw wisdom, the clouds can benefit us too. We can escape the radar. Everyone was confused. Ultimately I said there are clouds… let’s proceed.”
During the peak morning hours on February 26, the Indian Air Force jets attacked the Jaish-e-Mohammad training camp in Balakot. This operation was carried out days after 40 soldiers were killed in Pulwama by a suicide bomber of the Jaish.
PM Modi’s account of the strike was tweeted by BJP’s official handle, along with the transcript: “The weather was not good on the day of airstrikes, there was a thought that crept in the mind of the experts that the day of the strike should be changed. However, I suggested that clouds can actually help us to escape the radars.” That tweet is no longer on BJP’s timeline.
The original tweet is getting different reactions. See the reactions of leaders from different political parties.
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
Jumla hi fekta raha paanch saal ki sarkar mein,
Socha tha cloudy hai mausam,
Nahi aaunga radar mein. pic.twitter.com/xDeOg4Yq5K
— Congress (@INCIndia) May 12, 2019
Looks like the tweet got lost in the clouds. Luckily there are screen shots floating around to help pic.twitter.com/zSW7CsdhKL
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 11, 2019
Apart from the humour, the debatable part is that the experts were being overruled on such a critical operation. Some pointed out that a free hand was given to the military to choose the time and place of retaliation after Pulwama attacks.
However, the clouds actually affected the attacks as the Indian Air Force couldn’t launch six Crystal Maze missiles that day. These missiles were meant to beam back footage as they struck their target.
The experts say that a reliable Bomb Damage Assessment could not be gathered since the missile with the video feed was not launched due to the clouds. The forces around the world use this assessment to see the results the air strikes.