Kudos to ISRO
ISRO has made India proud and is ready to make a global splash Kudos to space scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation for successfully putting Oceansat-2 into orbit, which will explore coastal areas and help our fishermen. European space agencies are also waiting to enter into contracts to buy the information provided by Indian satellites, which can only lead to greater success for our space agency that has made us proud. India can earn billions of dollars by opening its doors to the global space market.
Yugal Kishore Sharma, Faridabad
Not too many light years away
Sitaram Yechury’s prediction in The world is not enough (Left Hand Drive, September 25), that it would take at least 15 generations in spacecraft confinement to discover life on a planet 1,000 light years away, needs tweaking from the point of view of ‘relativity’. In case the biological clock also slows down, a person’s longevity would be relative to that of people on earth. Space travel is no longer an impossible dream, and things are bound to become truly interesting whenever intelligent life forms are detected elsewhere in this mysterious universe.
Ashok Ghosh, via email
Time to put controversies to rest
The report Pokhran-II was a success, claims Kakodkar (September 25) should put controversies, which are harming India’s image, to rest. These have also revealed the inflated egos of our top scientists, with all of them making conflicting claims. What the Atomic Energy Commission chairperson Anil Kakodkar says is the truth. In view of the sensitivity of the issue, there is no way it can be subjected to intrusive scrutiny. It is intriguing why K. Santhanam took a decade to come out with what he now claims is the absolute truth.
R.J. Khurana, Bhopal
Keep our spirits up
With reference to the report Our air force is inadequate (September 24), after the Naval Chief, it is now the turn of the Air Force chief, to mouth patriotism. These so-called brave officers seem incapable of even putting on a brave face, and should not be allowed to demoralise the armed forces and the rest of the nation. They forget that the morale and spirit of our soldiers and people is ten times higher than that of our neighbours. And if push comes to shove, we are ready to lay down our lives.
Naresh Jain, Ghaziabad
Time to institute the right ethos
This refers to S.S. Murthy’s write-up Instituting troubles (September 23). Institutes of higher learning like IITs and IIMs have acquired an enviable reputation, but fall short when competing against institutions in the US, Britain, Germany and elsewhere. Perhaps they lack the ethos that can sustain high performance levels consistently, as well as state of the art facilities available outside India. Often our qualified engineers turn to an MBA degree to enhance their earnings. The IITs can no longer afford to be mere coaching camps for those aspiring to a Wall Street address.
Janaki Narayanan, via email
US must shut off the tap
The recent revelations by Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan are not surprising. But what’s surprising is the US continuing to turn a blind eye to Pakistan’s perfidy, despite glaring evidence. US aid continues to pour into Pakistan, despite ex-President Pervez Musharraf’s disclosure that such aid has been diverted towards combating India, not terrorism. This misuse has only made the situation worse. In the larger interest of peace and tranquility in the Indian subcontinent, the US should waste no time in curbing its aid to an undeserving nation.
KV Seetharamaiah, Hassan