Success of Chandrayaan 3 based on contribution of successive PMs: Jairam

by IANS |

New Delhi, 20 Sep (IANS) Congress MP Jairam Ramesh said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that the success of Chandrayaan 3 was based on the contributions of successive Prime Ministers of India.

Addressing the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, the senior Congress MP said, “Please acknowledge that the capabilities, competencies and capacities that have resulted in the success of Chandrayaan 3 are the result of investments made over the last 60 years.

“These are based on the contributions of successive Prime Ministers. These are based on the contributions of a large number of Indian scientists.”

Jairam Ramesh said that today is the day we should salute our Indian scientific community.

He said, "When you are removing Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution’ from the textbooks, when you reject Newton, when you reject Einstein, and you think all knowledge was available to India 2000 years ago, this is not scientific temper.

“Scientific temper is a spirit of enquiry, is a spirit of questioning. We have a glorious tradition in mathematics. We have a glorious tradition in Astronomy. We have a glorious tradition in mythology."

He said that India should take pride in its past but should not think that all modern science and all of modern technology was known to Indians 2000 years ago.

“If you reject science, if you do not give your scientific institutions freedom, if you do not allow scientific endeavour to flourish in a spirit of professionalism, you can have all the Chandrayaans in the world, but it is not going to make a difference to the minds of the young,” he added.

Addressing Jagdeep Dhankhar in the Rajya Sabha, the Congress leader said, “Sir. We have to create a scientific spirit. The spirit of questioning, the spirit of enquiry, the spirit of doubt is the spirit of science, which I hope will be created by this excitement.”

"Along with Chandrayaan 3 let's not forget Chandrayaan 1 that was launched in 2008 and I have no hesitation in saying that the first announcement of the Chandrayaan  was by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on August 15, 2003. After 2003 you have the Chandrayaan 1 in 2008, you have Chandrayaan 2 in 2019 and you have Chandrayaan 3 in 2023. What does it mean? It means there is continuity in governance," he added.

He pointed out that the Aditya L1 solar laboratory which is a great success started in 2006.

“It took 17 years for Aditya L1 to be launched. Several Indian private companies were associated with the space programme since 1970,” he said.

Pointing out that the Indian Space Programme has always been based on creative partnership of the private and public sector in the country, he said, “Our nuclear reactors are made in India, our rockets are made in India, our satellites are made in India, our launchers are made in India, and they were being made in India before 2014”

Latest News
PM Modi to release Rs 20,000 crore to farmers during Varanasi visit on June 18 Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:53 PM
Millwall goalkeeper Matija Sarkic dies aged 26 Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:51 PM
Researchers link hot weather with increased headaches for people with migraines Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:32 PM
Kangana shares video of PM Modi with Giorgia Meloni; hails his support for women Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:29 PM
Water conservation campaign will become a movement in state: MP CM Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:28 PM
Congress govt got tight slap from Karnataka court on Yediyurappa matter: Union Min Pralhad Joshi Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:26 PM
Wayanad or Raebareli? Rahul Gandhi likely to decide on Monday Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:23 PM
Indian stock markets breaking global benchmarks in equity market cap Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:56 PM
PM Modi hails India-Italy friendship after Meloni shares 'Melodi' selfie video Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:53 PM
Kuwait fire: 14 Keralites under treatment out of danger Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:28 PM
Scholz calls Swiss-hosted Ukraine talks an early step to forge peace Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:27 PM
US aid pier off Gaza to be temporarily removed due to bad weather Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:13 PM
Philippines says 21 of 22 Filipino crew on attacked ship in Red Sea rescued, safe Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:11 PM
Swati Maliwal case: Judicial custody of CM Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar extended Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:04 PM
Will work towards fulfilling PM Modi's semiconductor initiatives: Minister Kumaraswamy Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 01:49 PM