Trolls on social media are having a field day mocking Indian air force group captain Abhinandan Varthaman, who’s been given the Vir Chakra, India’s highest military gallantry honour.

As the Modi administration honoured the pilot, netizens proceeded to enrage Indian social media users once more with several memes portraying the MIG-21 pilot.

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Indian media sources, which are currently serving as proxies for the governing party, lauded Abhinandan as the lone pilot who gunned down a ‘Pakistani F-16 fighter aircraft’ during the 2019 combat.

In actuality, the Indian allegation was refuted by US authorities, who stated that they had verified the number of Pakistan Air Force F-16s in service and could state that none were lost to the Indian Air Force on that day.

After his MiG 21 Bison aircraft was gunned down by a Pakistan Air Force fighter two years ago, the former Indian pilot was also detained by Pakistan. Locals in Azad Kashmir apprehended the Indian pilot after he ejected from his aircraft. He was eventually returned to India as a goodwill gesture at the Wagah border.

Meanwhile, social media users expressed sympathy for the IAF’s veteran pilot, who is reminded of his disgrace every month, while others ridiculed him with traditional tea jokes.

Take a look at some of the reactions:

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