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