After the internet exploded with memes after PM Modi’s wild ‘cloud theory’ on Balakot airstrikes, which left many befuddled, Modi has gone ahead and made another unmissable claim on the interview.
On News Nation, Modi was heard claiming that he was one of the first people in India to use a digital camera in 1988. And, that too, apparently to click a coloured photograph of BJP veteran leader LK Advani. That’s not all. He also said he was one of first few to have use electronic mail (email), back in 1988!
Soon after, social media was buzzing with tweets fact-checking PM Modi. The first digital camera, users pointed out, was sold by Nikon in 1987 and commercial emails were introduced in 1990-95 and the email facilities were not available until 1995.
When did cameras came into the digital age?
The first true digital camera was built in 1981 by the University of Calgary Canada ASI Science Team, according to technology publisher CNET. However, as per CNET, it was in 1990 when a digital camera was first made commercially available.
Marketed as the Logitech Fotoman, the camera used a CCD image sensor, stored pictures digitally, and connected directly to a PC for download.
Other reports say Nikon’s first digital camera was announced in 1988. In 1991, the US list price of the device was $20,300.
There is no clarity as to when the device first came to India.
Though a few models of digital camera may have been available in the US, people are questioning as to how PM Modi got a hand on it, given his humble financial status at that time.
India’s first tryst with e-mail
Internet was techically available in India in 1988, the year Modi claimed he sent an email to L K Advani. But internet first became publicly available in India only in 1995. Before this year, a prototype of what we know as the internet today was working in India as the ERNET. It was established in 1986 to connect the IITs in Delhi, Kharagpur, Bombay, Madras and Kanpur, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), the National Centre for Software Technology (NCST) and the Department of Electronics (DoE).
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