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Modi’s Latest: I Used Digital Camera & Email In 1988. Truth: Internet Came To India In 1995

The first digicam was sold in the world in 1990.

In his News Nation interview, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed to have used a digital camera and email in 1987-88, a claim easily refuted by recorded history of science and technology.

Modi said, “Perhaps in India… I used digital camera for the first time, in 87-88. And at that time very few people had emails. So in Viramgam tehsil, Advani ji had a rally. So I took his photo on the digital camera.”

He added, “At that time digital camera used to be this big, I had it at that time. I clicked the photo and transmit it to Delhi. And the next day the colour photo was printed, so Advani ji was very surprised that ‘in Delhi how come my colour photo was printed the next night?’”

Digital Camera

In an article written by Richard Trenholm for CNet, tracking the history of digital camera, it is stated that the first digital camera to go on sale was the 1990 Dycam Model 1. It reportedly used a CCD (charge-coupled device) image sensor, stored pictures digitally, and connected directly to a PC for download.

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Before that, while the Nikon SVC was designed in 1986, it never went on sale and remained a prototype.

The article also says that digital photos went online only in 1992 when Mosaic was released. It was the first web browser that let users view photographs on the Web.


 Internet was initially funded by the US government and was originally limited to research, education, and government uses only. This policy continued until the early 90s. 

The first web-based mail, the kind we use today, was invented by CERN in 1993 soon after the invention of world wide web. Before that, electronic mail was used only by academics and researchers and tech corporations like Hewitt Packard.

Delphi opened up an internet connection in July 1992. It was the first national commercial online service to offer Internet access to its subscribers. Full Internet service only started in November 1992. The first publicly available internet service was launched only on 14 August 1995 by Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL).

How did PM Modi send an email in India before even internet arrived?

However, Srinivasan Ramani, a man who played a significant role in creating ERNET — the precursor to the Internet in India and an inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame — documented in his book Netch@kra, the early days of the internet in India, and he wrote, “The year 1986 saw a dial-up link running UUCP for email exchange being established between NCST and IIT-Bombay. 1987 saw IIT-Madras and IIT-Delhi connecting to the NCST VAX 8600 by dial-up. This machine became the dial-up hub named Very soon all ERNET partners were on dial-up ERNET email and hundreds of Indian academics in these institutions started using email to talk to colleagues all over the world, using a dial- up link between Shakti at NCST and a router at the Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam.”

Twitter, of course, had a field day over the anachronism and blatant painting over history:

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