Scientists versus Govt over manned mission

Taking an Indian to space sounds a challenging project. The Indian government says it is too expensive as a do-it-alone venture. But India’s space scientists are not convinced.

Pictures are vivid in every Indian’s mind about Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian in space whom people remember with pride. When Indira Gandhi., then prime minister, asked what India looked like from space Rakesh said, “Madam, ‘Saare jahan se achcha.” That was over two decades back. Rakesh Sharma went on a Soviet Space ship, which took off from Russian soil.

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