‘We owe feeling of collective pride for Chandrayaan-3 to PM Modi’

“Indians no longer look to other countries. Instead other nations look to India for inspiration.”

NEW DELHI | Updated: 24 August, 2023 2:30 pm IST
MoS Department of Atomic Energy, Dr. Jitendra Singh.

The nation should credit Prime Minister Narendra Modi for fostering a sense of collective pride in India’s achievements in space, said Union space minister Jitendra Singh moments after Chandrayaan-3 touched down on the moon on Wednesday.

Speaking to The New Indian, Dr Singh – who also serves as the minister of state for the department of atomic energy – said, “Every segment of society has been significantly engaged. Even members of the media have a strong sense of involvement.”

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He said that India’s space missions were kept in a veil of secrecy for almost six decades. “Prime Minister Modi deserves recognition for opening the doors of Sriharikota. On the launch day, over a thousand media professionals were present to witness the event firsthand, an experience previously restricted,” Dr Singh added.

He further stated that the landing of Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram lander on moon’s south pole instills in Indians a sense of belonging, with every Indian recognizing this as tangible evidence of India’s ability to achieve remarkable milestones within the 25 years since the Amrit Kaal began.

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“The Chandrayaan-3’s successful landing has fostered a sense of unity, and every Indian today holds the conviction that this concrete accomplishment demonstrates India’s capacity to attain the aspirations PM Modi has articulated,” he said.

The Union minister underscored that the successful landing has significantly elevated the self-esteem of Indians, remarking, “Every citizen is swelling with pride. It has undeniably elevated the self-confidence of every single Indian.”

“We are no longer looking to other countries; rather, other nations are looking to India for inspiration.”

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