I accidentally came across this thread today. The total disrespect of some members toward India and its space program compels me to post this.
I see some members looking down at the indians as a bunch of barbarians who don't need a space program.
As for facts a simple search in wikipedia shows all the space agencies and their capabilites.
Let the facts decide who is right!!
As for all the cry about India spending money of defense and space when it could be spend for a lot of other things.
To some extend you are right. India needs to develop on a wide range of issues and is doing a lot in that respect.
It also has to be noted that India spends just 2.5% of its GDP on Defense which is not a great deal considering we have long term problems with our
two neighbors CHINA and PAKISTAN .
Again a simple wikipedia search.
Considering the fact that India got its independence on 1947, the amount of development it has seen is actually commendable. There are not many
countries that has developed in so many fields in such a short period.
As for the claims that India should not be 'thinking of rockets' when it has an unstable economy I can only look at your misinformed or ignorant minds
and just smile. The Indian economy is currently one of the largest and most stable economy having a growth rate of close to 8% when the rest of the
world is going bankrupt due to the financial meltdown.
Again good ol' wikipedia.
When someone tells me India should concentrate more on the infrastructure and other amenities rather than Defense and Space, I tell them this:
Suppose India invest greatly on the above mentioned and practically nothing on Defense and space for the next ten years you might see a big jump in
the quality of life of the people and the infrastructure; but there will be a big drop in the field of defense and space.
In case of any war with its neighboring nations, India with a crippled defense wont be able to defend itself and all the developments it made in other
field in ten years will be taken back by 30 years or more. Recovering from that is not easy.
When a country is investing all its money on everything except space and defense, it might see a rapid development but in terms of defense
capabilities it would be years behind the rest of the world.
It is not practical to think that, OKAY, lets develop the country first and will worry about the defense after it is fully developed. Things like that
wont happen overnight.
IMHO all these developments have to go hand in hand and thats EXACTLY what the India is doing currently.
edit on 1-1-2013 by kevinth92 because: (no reason given)