ISRO, the most prestigious space research centre in the country that began research activity in 2002, has made steady progress over the years so much so that today, it has been able to launch its heaviest rocket GSLV MkIII-D1 into the orbit carrying communication satellite GSAT-19. This GSLV mission is significant for our country as ISRO had been depending on foreign launchers for orbiting communication satellites weighing more than 2,300 kgs. The GSLV MkIII-D1 is capable of lifting payloads or satellites weighing up to 4,000 kgs into the GTO and 10,000 kgs into the Low Earth Orbit. There was a time when we were dependent on foreign advanced countries for cryogenic engine which alone has the capability of lifting the satellite into the space. But thanks to our engineers, scientists and technicians, and above all our policy planners who have redeemed their vow of manufacturing the engine indigenously and using it for lifting the rockets. Therefore, we are very proud and rightly so that we are not at all dependent on any country in this regard. Today entire world recognizes India’s ability to take big steps to enter the modern world of science and technology needed for the exploration of the space.
The successful launch has taken India closer to next generation satellite capability. The 43.43 meters tall rocket lifted off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota and launched the 3,136 kg GSAT-19, the heaviest satellite to be launched from the country yet. Obviously, it was a day of pride for the Chairman of ISRO and his entire team and we join the nation in extending congratulations to them all. We are confident that ISRO will become one of the world’s most prestigious space centres and that it will contribute much to the technical know-how of other developing countries in space research area.
While we are speaking about Indian Space Research Center, two things have been made clear by our country to the entire world. The first is that India is a peace-loving country and abhors war because war in modern times means large scale destruction of what mankind has achieved with great labour and patience. No sensible person would vote for war that will result in destroying the future generations and natural resources that would sustain them. The second point which India has repeatedly said and even demonstrated is that our country believes in sharing knowledge with those who are seeking it for the development of their country and for the people sharing the comforts of life. It hardly needs to be reminded that western developed countries have always been interested in selling the finished products to us but not giving us the technology and knowledge. It makes a great difference to transfer technology to the needy countries who want to use it for peaceful purposes. In this sense, the progress India is making in different branches of modern technology and science are welcome by the developing world in the hope that they will also receive positive benefits from it.
Lastly, we must express thanks to our scientists and technocrats who have been working with great dedication and nationalist spirit despite some hiccups in the research work which is a part of the entire process. The country is proud of them and we are confident that the nation will provide them all facilities they need to carry forward their research work of great significance. They are among the builders of modern India and a roll model for the budding generation of Indian scientists and technocrats in our universities and research institutions.