Modi’s Impressive Motivating Speech after Failed Space Mission

The difference between success and failure in the end was just 2.1 km- that was how narrowly India missed the mark to become the first country to make a soft landing on the Moon’s unexplored South Place polar surface.

It is still a phenomenal accomplishment as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rightly described, while asserting that “there will be a new dawn and brighter tomorrow.”

His speech hailing the mission as a spectacular effort was impressive – “there is never a failure in science.”

Still, I cannot help thinking that all fanfare must have followed, not preceded, the mission. All the marketing and jingoistic blitzkrieg have only amplified the setback. Modi was perhaps certain of a “Mission Accomplished” scenario.

Patience and moderation are not a hallmark of the Modi administration.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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