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'Who should go in trip to moon?'

ISRO chief's egalitarian leanings have found an apt expression in the aam aadmi slot, reports ER Ramachandran.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2007 09:54 IST
ER Ramachandran
ER Ramachandran

The ISRO Director Shri Madhavan Nair is all set to launch Chandra... yawn, the trip to moon, in 2008. But unlike NASA, he thought India should send a civilian or two along with the scientists. He wanted to show the world, India, as the largest democracy, did things differently from Yankees. He called for nominations for the aam aadmi slot.

The IIT/IIM students met Nair and wanted to send Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh to the moon, so he could practice ABC of OBC calculations without interference. Alone, they felt, Singh could go on till he got his figures right, whether it is 27 per cent or 73 or whatever. They had brought a small gift for him - an old geometry box with only a divider in it, using which Singh could go on to dividing the moon without getting rapped on the knuckles by any court. Of course, we would see some scratches from here, but we should cheerfully accept the fact he is busy doing something there.

The inconsolable cricket fans wanted to send the entire team to moon so that they could play among themselves there and create meaningless records for CEAT Ratings and the seniors in the team could rag the juniors to their hearts content without a coach butting in.

Pakistan had a special request. Could India accommodate their cricket team as well as the selectors as they were planning to overhaul the entire setup?

The BJP wanted to send their new travel agent so he could organise trips all over moon and smuggle whatever he could get under the craters. Buddha Deb Bhattacharya wanted to send Mamta didi and gift her part of the moon - Chandigram - so that she could practice her daily hartal and hunger strike.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Chief Suresh Kalmadi was bent on sending his Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar so that he could organise and attend more and more Panchayat Raj meetings all by himself. The minister, in turn, threatened to pack off the whole IOA to moon so that no more money would be spent in organising extravagant sports meet in which India, either figured in the list of athletes caught on doping tests or generally finished last among the nations.

The "moral police" brigade wanted to dispatch Richard Gere and Shilpa Shetty to moon so that they could practice any number of kisses the way they wanted... Shilpa, on the other hand, wanted to dispatch the whole brigade so that they could be kept busy making effigies, which they can't burn!

The BJP wanted to send Rahul Gandhi to moon so he could brush up all the history of Gandhis (not the Mahatma!) without any confusion. The young Member of Parliament wants the entire Samajwadi Party in moon so that he could bring back UP on its rails.

Bollywood wanted to send Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Kahn so that they could sort out their differences there and decide, between the two who should win this year's Filmfare award. Some feared Shah Rukh may send Ash-Abhishek packing to moon as his marriage gift and remove competition in one stroke!

If you want to send anybody to moon please name the person and say why, so that Nair could be informed.

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First Published: Apr 29, 2007 09:23 IST