The recent PSLV launch which put four satellites into space is a great achievement in the list of many other achievements from ISRO. When it came up on the news I was quite happy. In this news item, the director of ISRO was introducing the whole team one by one. It was a nice occasion. I can imagine each of them brimming with pride. [I would have loved it if the camera was focused on each of those individuals while the introductions were made. Instead, the camera was just glued to the director who was making the introductions.]
The first PSLV launch went unsuccessful. This was long ago, in 1993. I was talking to some educated people and they were criticizing our initiatives to send rockets into space when our poor do not even have food. In
I want us, and especially the kids, to celebrate the grand achievements such as this PSLV launch. I want the kids to be taught different stages of the rocket, and what happens during each stage. I want them to see this achievement in awe and wonder, and say to themselves- 'I want to be one of those rocket engineers when I grow up'.
Each time a Tejas (LCA) aircraft flies by in
Each time I see a BEML truck on the road, I take few moments to look at it. I am filled with pride each time those big wheels are rolling along on the road. When I look at such engineering achievements, I want to be able to do it! I want to be able to build planes one day, make trucks one day. I look forward to doing something more in life than what I am doing currently. We have that spirit in each of us- we just need that little boost, that little dose of encouragement, that little extra dose of aggressiveness, that little dose of being able to finish what we set out to do. We need that extra dose of maturity to handle risks, criticisms, and discouragements. Such achievements provide us with these extra doses of that spirit.
The PSLV launches, the Chandrayan Mission to moon, etc, are symbols according to me. They tell us that we have something to be proud of in the contemporary history- without having to search our ancient texts to seek the moments of glory in a remote past.
All those detractors who say the money could be well spent should just look at the kinds of funds that are returned by many government agencies every year because they were unspent. Don’t ever tell me that
In addition to the real benefits these rocket launches provide, they give us these symbols- of hope, of achievement, and of success. We all need those symbols. If the nation can generate that hope, desire and ambition in its youth, the price we pay for these launches is worth it!