India is a Space power now !

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Sep 2012
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Very good news! As we know, in America NASA has had its boom periods, as well as periods of stagnation due to underfinancing. Rising powers, like India, may make great bounds in space exploration - as indeed Russia did at first. The great nations rushing to explore the stars will advance us all as a species, perhaps even in future generations allow us to live on other worlds?
I like your unbiased opinion. It may please be noted that the retired head of our DRDO ( Defence Research and Developement Organisation ) has gone on record that the capacity to launch an anti-satellite missile was there since 2012 but further progress was not possible because of the hesitations of the then govt.in power. On coming to power the present govt. immediately approved the proposal to go ahead and this is the result today.
 

Naomasa298

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You do

You don't take us Indians, our political system, our good democratic set up of the government seriously, do you ? The govt.in power today is a sensible govt. It is run by professionally competent and mature technocrats and administrators headed by lawmakers of a high caliber. It can be understood that Pakistan and the PRC are jealous of our hard earned successes in spite of severe problems


but the Western people being sarcastic was not expected.
That should be no surprise. India has almost no impact on the world outside its immediate surroundings. Despite having the sixth largest economy in the world, millions and millions of people live in poverty. How much money was spent on this while many people still don't have adequate sanitation?

India has 95% of the population of China and 20% the GDP. It ranks around 140th in terms of nominal GDP per capita, below the likes of communist Laos, Papua New Guinea and Bhutan.

So yes, it's hard to take things like this seriously. How exactly does the ability to shoot down satellites make people's lives any better?
 
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I have always thought that any government East of Dover, was untrustworthy. Sorry if you are correct.
Do you disbelieve that India can develope this capability? Yet many technical people from India work in the western world in responsible and high positions not only in western govt. or semi-govt.organisations but even in the private business, medical and educational fields. The pertinent example is the NASA of the USA which is full of Indians.
 
Sep 2012
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That should be no surprise. India has almost no impact on the world outside its immediate surroundings. Despite having the sixth largest economy in the world, millions and millions of people live in poverty. How much money was spent on this while many people still don't have adequate sanitation?

India has 95% of the population of China and 20% the GDP. It ranks around 140th in terms of nominal GDP per capita, below the likes of communist Laos, Papua New Guinea and Bhutan.

So yes, it's hard to take things like this seriously. How exactly does the ability to shoot down satellites make people's lives any better?
I was half expecting this. I was wondering how it is that nobody has brought forth the issue of defecation in the open that many poor Indians are constrained to practice for want of toilets. Yet a massive construction programme for construction of toilets is on-going. The nation has been bled white by three wars with Pakistan and one with the PRC apart from the costs of helping with the liberation of Bangla Desh, not to speak of the stupid thinking about having a socialistic pattern of the economy which cost us at least 50 years to grow out of. We will overcome. And the costs are quite cheap, I daresay if one remembers that India is trusted to launch satellites into space by a number of European countries at a fraction of the cost of equipment like rockets and so on.
Shooting down satellites is an ability that our armed forces must have in view of the hostile neighbourhood. That sort of ability will help us get on with other important tasks like building up of the nation.
 
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kandal

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That should be no surprise. India has almost no impact on the world outside its immediate surroundings. Despite having the sixth largest economy in the world, millions and millions of people live in poverty. How much money was spent on this while many people still don't have adequate sanitation?

India has 95% of the population of China and 20% the GDP. It ranks around 140th in terms of nominal GDP per capita, below the likes of communist Laos, Papua New Guinea and Bhutan.

So yes, it's hard to take things like this seriously. How exactly does the ability to shoot down satellites make people's lives any better?
India (actually the whole South Asia) had always been a place of extreme contrasts. That doesn't mean that India cannot pursue advancing in many avenues at the same time, space being one of them. Progress could be faster in some areas, while dismally slower in others, especially when it comes to the cultural habits. Be assured, changes will eventually come and extreme contrasts will diminish, though it will be in an Indian time scale.
 
Sep 2012
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India (actually the whole South Asia) had always been a place of extreme contrasts. That doesn't mean that India cannot pursue advancing in many avenues at the same time, space being one of them. Progress could be faster in some areas, while dismally slower in others, especially when it comes to the cultural habits. Be assured, changes will eventually come and extreme contrasts will diminish, though it will be in an Indian time scale.
A left-handed compliment! Nevertheless, a compliment is better than some stereotyped touches of sarcasm. We will get there _ I mean towards eradicating our poverty--faster than you think. Remember our growth in GDP has been quite good consistently since last about 10 years, if not more. Not a Hindu rate of growth but much faster in the last decade.
 

royal744

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India, unlike China and a few other Asian countries, is not a “command economy” where the entire state is controlled from one place - it is an amazingly diverse country, capable of producing pretty much anything. But in a general sense, it is still a fairy poor country where development is quite uneven and its population is extremely diverse religiously, culturally and economically.

I’m familiar with the great accomplishments of the Indian Tata family (and community) which, if I remember correctly, also happens to “own” the Jaguar motor company. The biggest mistake we could make is to dismiss the Indians whose technical prowess - in spite of its population difficulties - is rather well documented.

I’m not going to suggest that English Coloniaism is the root cause of India’s difficulties because that is only partly the case. 70 years after Independence, the time to stop blaming coloniaism for India’s challenges is well past its “use by” date. Admitting there is much to do is not the same thing as throwing up one’s hands and declaring “there’s nothing mor we can do”, which is far from the case.

I think India would be an excellent ally in this part of the world, especially with local crazies like Pakistan in the area.
 
Sep 2012
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Thanks for the compliments which are obviously from the heart. We Indians are living in a terribly hostile neighborhood. At the same time we are faced with the urgent requirements of a developing economy complicated by the fact that the eradication of poverty across our huge population is easier said than done. But such technological achievements are not to be sniggered at with contempt and sarcasm as some western posters here have done. We Indians are happy that our armed forces are now better equipped defensively. Even our loony Congress party desperately fighting a losing election has congratulated our scientists.
 
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