Skip to main content

Did Modi own, buy digital camera costing Rs 7 lakh in 1987-88, also used email?

The tweet that was deleted
Counterview Desk
In an interview to the news channel News Nation, aired on Saturday last, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declaring that he had approved the air strike despite bad weather because he felt the clouds would hide Indian planes from Pakistani radar is known to have become a laughing stock across India.
While PM’s remark gained prominence after the BJP’s official Twitter first put it out before deleting the tweet, this is not the only remark which is being cited as Modi's alleged "fekugiri" (boasting).
If the interview reveals that the PM overruled the suggestion by experts, who possibly included militarymen, to go ahead with Balakot air strikes because of clouds and heavy rain, a Facebook post has brought to light more from the interview to say how the interview is full of "fekugiri", claiming, it shows "how much he lies and with so much confidence."
Writing on his Facebook timeline, Rajendra Bhaduri, a militaryman adorning medals, says, "Feku claims that he owned and used a digital camera in 1987. The only known commercially launched digital camera in 1987, which was not portable and did not have attached memory was the US made MegaVison Tessera which costed costed between $50,000 - $60,000.
Bhaduri wonders, "In 1987 the USD was about Rs 13. That would make a MegaVision Tessera cost between ₹6,50,000 and ₹7,80,000. Add Customs duty of 1987 rates... However, Modi claims '35 saal bhiksha kar ke khaya', toh fer 7 lakh ka camera kaise khareeda?"  ('Modi claims he 'lived on begging for 35 years', then how was the Rs 7 lakh camera bought?), At the same time, Bhaduri seeks to "expose" Modi who suggests in the interview that he used email in 1987-88.

Except from the FB post:

In the same "Cloud radar" interview, Feku goes on to claim about his attachment to gadgets and how he owned a digital camera in 1987 and also transmitted pictures of some Advani rally in Ahmedabad to Delhi. The camera he describes as a rather bulky one.
Oh yes! He claims that he is "probably" the first person in India to use digital camera.

Official history of digital camera

1. First digital camera of any kind ever sold commercially was possibly the MegaVision Tessera in 1987 though there is no documentation of its sale known.
As per MegaVision's website, MegaVision's Tessera was the first digital camera offered for sale in 1987. Since Photoshop and modern computers didn't exist, MegaVision made their own image processor, the 1024XM, and Capture Station software.
It was a rather largish camera which did not have any internal memory and was tethered to a computer. It costed between $50,000 - $60,000. The first Tessera system went into regular use in early 1989 at a commercial photo studio in Minneapolis.
2. The first portable digital camera that was actually marketed commercially was sold in December 1989 in Japan, the DS-X by Fuji.
3. The first commercially available portable digital camera in the United States was the Dycam Model 1, first shipped in November 1990.
It was originally a commercial failure because it was black-and-white, low in resolution, and cost nearly $1,000.
4. In 1991, Kodak brought to market the Kodak DCS (Kodak Digital Camera System). It used a 1.3 megapixel sensor, had a bulky external digital storage system and was priced at $13,000.
In 1987, Modi could have owned only a MegaVision Tessera which by all available open source information was not a handy portable camera. Also since it needed its own specialised software, a compatible computer would have been needed.
Modi is known to have visited USA as a RSS Pracharak for the first time in 1993. Wonder how did he get to buy a MegaVision Tessera in 1987 from the USA costing $50,000 - $60,000?

Official history of email in India

Rajiv Gavai, professor of the Theoretical Physics Department, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), was one of the first Indians to work to set up a email network in India. He initiated setting up of a similar BITNET-based academic network in India.
In 1986, after the government nod, five Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras), IISc (Bangalore), National Center for Software Technology (NCST) of Bombay and Department of Eletronics (DoE) were involved in the Education and Research Network (ERNET) project.
In 1986, a dial-up link for email exchange was set up between NCST and IIT Bombay. Very soon all ERNET partners were on dial-up ERNET email and academics in these institutions started sending emails to all over the world.
By 1991, the ERNET community crossed 1,000 and hundreds of persons started using email in these sites. The initial investment to have ERNET mail was around Rs 30,000, without a printer.
***
PS: In the same interview Feku claims to have had a digital pad and a stylus to write on some time in the "90s".

Comments

Anonymous said…
Please make the missed call WhatsApp message in
in other Indian languages too, will get more
Responses

TRENDING

It's now official: Developed Gujarat's regular, casual workers earn less than 19 top states

By Rajiv Shah
Though not as low as state chief minister Vijay Rupani claims it to be (0.9%), Gujarat’s unemployment rate, at least as reflected in a recent report released by the Government of India, is 4.8%, lower than the national average, 6%. Yet, ironically, the same report, released soon after the Lok Sabha polls came to an end in May 2019, brings to light an even grimmer reality: Lower wages in "model" and "developed" Gujarat compared to virtually the whole of India, including the so-called Bimaru states.

Amaravati: World Bank refusing to share public grievances on Land Pooling Scheme

By Our Representative
A new report, prepared by the advocacy group Centre for Financial Accountability (CFA), New Delhi, has taken strong exception to the World Bank refusing to share its independent assessment of the Land Pooling Scheme (LPS), floated by the Andhra Pradesh government in order to build the new capital.

Beijing-based infrastructure bank 'funding' India's environmentally risky projects

By Our Representative
A new civil society note has questioned the operations of the Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a multilateral development bank that aims to support the building of infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region, seeking to fund projects in India through the Government of India’s National Infrastructure Investment Fund (NIIF), calling it “a risky venture”.

Why crib? 4.5% is far better than pre-1980 'Hindu rate of growth': Subramanian replies

By Rajiv Shah
Even as sticking to his original argument that India's gross domestic product (GDP) since 2011-12 has been overestimated by 2.5%, renowned economist Arvind Subramanian has said in a fresh paper that his estimate of post-2011-12 growth rate at around 4.5% is surely not "implausibly low", as some of his critics have been arguing following his controversial June paper.

British companies export 'deadly' asbestos to India, other countries from offshore offices

By Rajiv Shah
“The Sunday Times”, which forms part of the powerful British daily, “The Times”, has raised the alarm that though the “deadly” asbestos is banned in Britain, companies registered in United Kingdom, and operating from other countries, “are involved in shipping it to developing nations”, especially India. India, Brazil, Russia and China account for almost 80% of the asbestos consumed globally every year, it adds.

Govt of India 'lying': MGNREGA budget reduced by Rs 1,084 crore in 2019-20

Counterview Desk
NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, a well-known advocacy group for the rural jobs guarantee scheme, under implementation since 2005, has said that the statement by the Rural Development Minister has a made a mockery of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) on the floor of Parliament, revealing the ruling BJP’s “anti-worker and anti-poor bias”.

Include all workers exposed to silica dust in anti-TB programme: Govt of India told

Counterview Desk
In a letter, sponsored by well-known civil rights organization, Occupational & Environmental Health Network of India and signed by more than 60 professionals and activists*, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, has been told that Indian policy makers shouldn't just acknowledge higher TB risk to mine and stone crusher workers, but also “other silica-exposed workers”.

UP's Sonbhadra killing of 10 tribals highlights 'failure' to implement Forest Rights Act

Counterview Desk On July 17, as many as 10 people, including three women, were killed and 28 injured when a village head and his supporters opened fire on a group of tribal farmers in Ubha village of Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh. While the firing took place following a clash between over a land ownership dispute, it reportedly highlights failure of officials enforce Forest Rights Acts (FRA) and Survey Settlement in favour of tribals.

Universal healthcare? India lacks provisions to 'fight' non-communicable diseases

By Moin Qazi*
Universal health coverage (UHC) -- ensuring that all people receive proper and adequate health care without suffering financial hardship -- is an integral part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It enables countries to make the most of their strongest asset: human capital.

RSS, Hindu Mahasabha were 'subservient' to British masters: Nagpur varsity VC told

Counterview Desk
Well-known political scientist Shamsul Islam, associate professor (retired), University of Delhi, in an open letter to the vice-chancellor of the Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Dr Siddharthavinayaka P Kane, has taken strong exception to the varsity decision to include RSS’ “role” in nation building in the syllabus of the BA (history) course, citing instances to say that the RSS ever since its birth in 1925 with its Hindutva allies like Hindu Mahasabha led by VD Savarkar worked overtime to “betray the glorious anti-colonial freedom struggle”.