One more feather goes into the cap of Indian Space Research Organization better known as ISRO. From Satish Dhawan launch pad in Sri Hari Kota, Indian space scientists launched its 100th satellite along with 30 other space crafts including weather observation Cartosat 2 series onboard the Polar rocket. ISRO scientists heaved a sigh of relief when they said they had brought Cartosat 2 Series as a New Year gift for the country.
Space research and exploration became hotly pursued branch of modern scientific researches after Yuri the Russian astronaut went into the space and returned to earth in his craft way back in early 1970s. This opened the floodgate for others and the race for exploring the space, exploring other planets like the Moon and the Mars became a cherished enterprise. India would not like to lag behind. Fortunately our scientists rose to the occasion and proved that India could also contribute to the field of space research. Today India is among the leading countries in the area of space science.
A misconception is floated by our adversaries that India is building air offence and defended mechanism and there is only military propose of our space research. This is false propaganda emanating out of ignorance. Primarily our space research is for geo-agricultural purposes. India is an agricultural country and we need lot of support to improve our agricultural activity. Then we need to protect our enormous coastline against typhoons and sea storms that wreck havoc on civilian population. We need fore-warnings about the impending storms and oceanography. Maximum of our trade and commerce is conducted through merchant navies which need the weather charts to make their voyage safe. We need to have full knowledge of our country’s topography, the source and flow of ourrivers, the position of our glaciers and big water bodies to monitor these important resources. We need to monitor the precious monsoon winds that bring rain in summer on which our agricultural enterprise depends. In short we have to put space science to multiple utilities and in national interests. In terms of defense, we have to understand that we have thousands of kilometers long borders with China and Pakistan. Both of them are hostile to us because both are in an unholy alliance against our interest. We need to monitor military movements of these two hostile countries on the international border.
These are not small purposes. We need to spend good deal of money for these research projects. A strong India means an India that is strong in having the unavoidable scientific knowledge and know-how so that our transition to modernity becomes understandable. About 31 countries round the globe have approached ISRO to launch their satellites into their orbits and it is a matter pride that we are able to meet their requirements. The future bodes fine for Indian Space Research, and hopefully ISRO will be able to join the rank and file of those countries that have very advanced knowledge of space and spatial bodies.