In Lok Sabha, Treasury and Opposition benches claim credit for India’s space success

Opposition MPs recall Nehru’s legacy while BJP members cited PM Modi’s push and accuse rivals of singing “Nehru bhajans”

September 21, 2023 10:12 pm | Updated 10:13 pm IST - New Delhi:

Proceedings of the Lok Sabha during the Special Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on September 21, 2023.

Proceedings of the Lok Sabha during the Special Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on September 21, 2023. | Photo Credit: ANI

A discussion in the Lok Sabha on September 21 to congratulate the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), space scientists and members of the scientific community for the success of Chandrayaan-3 mission also witnessed members of the Treasury and the Opposition benches claim credit for India’s space success.

Union Ministers and BJP MPs asserted that the nation’s space story has seen a quantum leap during the Narendra Modi government, while the Opposition members recalled the contribution of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in laying the foundation of the country’s scientific progress.

Speaking during the debate, Union Minister Jitendra Singh informed the House that ISRO scientists are eagerly waiting for the Vikram lander and the Pragyan rover of Chandrayaan-3 to wake up from their 14-day sleep during the lunar night. After conducting experiments on the south pole of the moon from August 23 to September 4, the rover and lander modules of Chandrayaan-3 were put to sleep in a bid to survive the extremely frigid atmosphere.

Before the start of the discussion, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla noted that India is moving towards becoming a major space power.

‘Quota Bill a gift’

Initiating the discussion on the success of Chandrayaan-3 mission and other achievements of the nation in the space sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the passage of the women’s reservation Bill “is a gift by a grateful nation to the women scientists of ISRO and the entire female scientific community of India”.

He pointed out that of the 424 foreign satellites launched by India so far, 389 were launched in the past nine years of the Modi government.

Calling the landing on the moon a watershed moment, Congress member Shashi Tharoor said it was the culmination of the efforts put in by all governments over the past six decades, starting from the days of Pandit Nehru. His comments that 20% of women personnel in the ISRO did not need reservation in the field of science and technology was objected to by Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Anupriya Patel.

The Congress’ ally from Kerala and Indian Union Muslim League MP Abdussamad Samadani said, “When we think of the space missions of the country, we have to remember two luminaries...stalwarts – [Isaac] Newton and Nehru”.

“The Opposition indulged in ‘Nehru bhajan’ since morning instead of ISRO bhajan,” retorted BJP’s Tejasvi Surya.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.