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On August 23, 2023, India made history by achieving a significant milestone that set an example for the rest of the world. This remarkable achievement not only honors the wisdom of our ancient Rishis but also highlights the exceptional skills of ISRO scientists.
As nations like America, Russia, and China have successfully touched down on the moon’s north pole, the south pole remained an unconquered frontier. India, known as Bharat, emerged triumphant in her second endeavor, sparking global curiosity after the recent setback faced by a Russian spacecraft. Read another article on “India Moon Landing” at https://www.nytimes.com/live/2023/08/23/science/india-moon-landing-chandrayaan-3
This watershed moment has reshaped international perceptions of India’s scientific prowess, technological advancements, and innovative potential, igniting waves of positive influence.
Reimagining Perceptions: The Impact of Success on National and International Stages
The successful lunar landing reverberates through both internal and external lenses. While foreign satellite launches by ISRO surged post-2014, this achievement propelled India into an unprecedented league as a global leader in space exploration.
The resounding success not only emboldens scientists but also galvanizes confidence for ambitious missions like Gaganayan, Mangalyaan 2, Aditya L1, and the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) project. The ripple effects extend beyond space, empowering the software and electronics sectors. The semiconductor industry is poised for rapid expansion in the years ahead.
Beyond ISRO’s domain, the private sector is poised to deepen its involvement in space research and technological innovation. The surge in start-ups and employment opportunities signifies a robust ecosystem ready to thrive.
Era of Transformation: Visible Changes in the Space Program Since 2014
ISRO, the country’s space agency, has carried out 89 launch missions delivering satellites into orbit since its start in 1969. According to an examination of these missions, the Narendra Modi government has launched more ISRO missions than all preceding governments combined.
According to Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh, of the 424 foreign satellites launched by India to date, 389 were launched during the last nine years of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi: With the successful launch of foreign satellites, India’s space sector is quickly attaining a world-leading position.
Dr. Jitendra Singh stated that of the 174 million US dollars earned, 157 million came in the last nine years, and of the 256 million Euros earned, 223 million came during PM Modi’s tenure alone.
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Dr. Jitendra Singh stated that, aside from the main function of rocket launching, India’s Space Applications have become a major source of livelihood chances through 130 or more start-ups after Modiji’s opening of the Space Sector in June 2020.
Furthermore, in the academic arena, technical institutes in Trivandrum, Jammu, and Agartala have 100% placements for students, and almost 50% of them go to NASA to pursue higher education.
Dr. Jitendra Singh stated that space technology has touched nearly every home in India, referring to applications in sectors such as railways, highways, agriculture, water mapping, smart cities, telemedicine, and robotic surgery that have provided ‘comfort of life’ to the average man.
Expanding Horizons: ISRO’s Trailblazing Satellite Launch and Gaganyaan Endeavor
Furthermore, the indigenous human space project Gaganyaan is almost ready to launch Indian astronauts into orbit. If successful, India will be the fourth country to send a human into space, joining the United States, Russia, and China.
Singh stated that a central PSU called “New Space India Limited (NSIL)” has been established to promote and foster public-private partnership projects and start-ups. He stated that the “Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-Space)” has been established as a single-window nodal body to promote non-government businesses and to develop an ecosystem for private companies in the space sector.
- IN-Space has received 135 applications from non-governmental organizations and start-ups in the space sector, according to Singh.
In response to a query about sector start-ups, Singh stated that the IN-Space Board has authorized a new seed fund scheme to provide the first financial assistance to Indian space start-ups. Singh stated that a revamped FDI policy in the space sector to enable foreign investment in non-government firms, as well as a national space policy, are nearing completion.
Empowering Youth: Seizing Opportunities in India’s Era of Progress
The youth of the country should realize that this is a great time for India, and they should not let their ambitions control them. The Modi government has created many opportunities for young people to pursue their goals, and they can easily change their direction if needed, as there are many opportunities available for them to grasp.
During a recent interview, Jitendra Singh discussed how the National Education Policy 2020 aligns with the vision for a “Naya Bharat” (New India), and emphasized the need for a change in mindset.
Singh also highlighted the Modi government’s commitment to providing increased resources and a supportive policy environment for space missions. In the past, limited manpower and resources prevented others from participating and restricted funding.
Unraveling Narratives: PM Modi, Former PM Nehru, and India’s Progress
Those who doubt PM Modi and give credit to former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru should study and analyze the conditions before and after 2014.
If we look closely at the case of great scientist Nambi Narayanan, we can understand how scientists were previously treated. Was there any pressure from the United States, China, or Russia on our space agency during prior administrations? What prompted our space agency to improve the speed and precision with which satellites are launched over the last nine years? Someone needs to look into these issues seriously.
It is time to commemorate these priceless moments, and our ancient Rishis, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam must be rejoicing in heaven.
Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai (1919-1971) was an Indian physicist, astronomer, and industrialist. He is known as the father of the Indian space program.