The 370-year-old Red Fort today played venue for a colossal announcement, the ramifications of which perhaps for the first time extend beyond earth itself. India will become the fourth nation to send man to space, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on India’s 72nd Independence Day – his fifth and final address ahead of the next general elections.
“Today, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I want to give the country a good news,” Prime Minister Modi said. “India has always advanced in space science but we have decided that by 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence, or before that, a son or daughter of India will go to space with a tricolor in their hands,” he added.
Exhilarated at the announcement, top scientists at ISRO exuded their optimism for the challenge. Dr K Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said it was a “very, very tight schedule but ISRO will do it by 2022.” Read more