With Mission Shakti India has become the fourth country in the world, after the US, Russia and China, to have anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon capabilities
GN Bureau | April 1, 2019
The announcement is related to ‘national security’, hence it does not violate the model code of conduct. Mission Shakti is undoubtedly a big achievement for the country as India has become the fourth country in the world, after the US, Russia and China, to have anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon capabilities. The country’s entry into the elite space club should be celebrated and cynicism should be left out. It’s a big feat for our scientists. Also, there is a precedent: in 1998 PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a press briefing announced the successful Pokhran nuclear missile tests, just before the assembly elections. That was not considered a violation of the model code of conduct. By the same logic, the latest announcement too should be greeted without raising unnecessary controversy.
From Congress president Rahul Gandhi to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, the opposition is questioning the timing of the announcement and rightly so. The Election Commission has also set up a committee to examine the nature of the PM’s announcement. The opposition argues that as this is a big achievement of the country and its scientists, then the announcement should have come from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials. The scientists should receive their due credit, instead of Modi and BJP hogging the limelight. The announcement means that the PM and BJP have got a considerable coverage in the media and therefore it would benefit the ruling party in the upcoming election. The timing of the announcement overshadows the country’s technological prowess and makes politics centrestage. There are even reports that PM Modi didn’t even consult the Election Commission before going ahead with the announcement.
(The opinion appears in April 15, 2019 edition)
Mumbai is building a coastal road to cut through traffic snarls and make life easier for commuters. The ambitious project, part of the city’s Development Plan (DP) 2035, is the second major initiative after the Bandra-Worli sea link, and should become a reality in 2023. Here are the key facts
The party that came into existence on the intangible timeworn issue of corruption, transparency and increasing public investment through public savings is going on winning elections in Delhi with huge margins, consistently rowing the boat between doldrums and high tides. Somewhere between the doldr
Mumbai, the second largest city in the country, is not very inclusive when it comes to the easy access to the disabled, but it is learning and is in the process of making the life of Divyangs easier. Also, it aims to rehabilitate all slums in five years. Stakeholders came together to discuss
Bolstered by Tuesday’s stupendous victory once again in Delhi assembly elections, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to contest all local elections in Maharashtra. “Aam Aadmi Party Maharashtra has decided to fight all forthcoming local elections including M
Preparation is in full swing for US president Donald Trump’s India visit on February 24-25. This will be his maiden India visit as president. As per the ministry of external affairs press release: “During the visit, President Trump and the First Lady [Melania Trump] will attend official engagem