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India will today attempt to launch several satellites that will include Earth imaging and microsatellite payloads. The nation's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PLSV) specialises in hoisting satellites into sun-synchronous polar orbits, with 25 successful launches recorded by April 2014. Perhaps its highest-profile launch in …

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Anonymous Coward

Well done India.

Now how about offering schooling to every child, reducing the poverty in your country and get rid of the racist caste system that prevents social mobility.

Other than this, good on you!

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Anonymous Coward

Indian rocket set to sling five satellites

Do you think, they are doing this for charity purpose? Dont be a dumb...

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Anonymous Coward

Thank you, but that's too much of work

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How do you expect India to fund all that? Hmm? Long term, you need things like "a space program" to drive innovation and economic development in a country that has three times the population of the USA crammed into that itty bitty little nation.

And look, already foreign nations are booking passage on Indian rockets! I'd say India's space program is doing it's job*.

*The other job, of course, being to let China know in no uncertain terms that it has the ability to put nuclear warheads wherever it wants on this Earth, and China is not going to push India around. There's a lot of tension between those two nations, and showing that particular capability is very important.

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"*The other job, of course, being to let China know in no uncertain terms that it has the ability to put nuclear warheads wherever it wants on this Earth, and China is not going to push India around. There's a lot of tension between those two nations, and showing that particular capability is very important."

True. Although historically it's Pakistan that India seems to have gone to war with most frequently.

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You don't need ICBMs for Pakistan. Any medium range missiles will do, and India has plenty of them with proven reputations. They can buy those openly from allied nations. ICBMs are a different matter entirely.

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Congratulations.

You've won this weeks prize for most predictable post in response to a positive story coming from India.

>> Now how about offering schooling to every child

It's work in progress. To do this they need money. To get money they need a strong economy. To get a strong economy they need a good technological infrastructure to sell their services to countries that need them.

One of the ways they can achieve this is to build and/or launch their own satellites and prove to the world that they are every bit as competent in this area as the US or China or Russia. The money and expertise that this generates gets fed back into the Country.

>> reducing the poverty in your country

To what ?

In 2005 there were an estimated 400 million people in poverty (approx 37%).

In 1994 there were 45% in poverty

In 2013 there were 269 million (approx 22%).

Clearly poverty is reducing in India.

I believe they've met your criteria since you didn't bother to state what an acceptable level was.

Compare that to the UK where approx 15% are in poverty and the levels have actually increased by 1% between 1994 and 2012.

Sure in terms of people India has more people in poverty but they are actively working to reduce it.

To reduce poverty they need to get money. To get money ... Oh I've already said all that.

>> get rid of the racist caste system

It's not racist. They are all Hindus in the caste system. Sure it's not fair but what the heck has that got to do with you and what's the link between that and satellites ?. How will abolishing one help the other?

Meethinks it's simply the fact that as a nation they are progressing in leaps about bounds with regards to technology that's really bugging you. It's the fact that India can launch things into space while the UK can at best build a high speed railway that's really pissing you off I think.

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"...has the ability to put nuclear warheads wherever it wants on this Earth, and China is not going to push India around"

I'm wondering about the practicality of such a claim given that unless India would want to be known as the one deploying nukes first, it might have a hard time resisting a state that could well afford to overwhelm it with sheer numbers in a classical-weapons-only type campaign...

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collect the right information and then comment on the topic .

India launched this satellites for other countries . Canada and France . And they were charged for it . Don't just comment without having the correct information . You said we don't need satellites lets see how you are gonna live without weather forecast system , telivision and internet . Indian space program has saved a lot of lives during the cyclones last year . There have also made us independent when it comes to haveing transponder capacity . Otherwise we would have to pay a hefty sum for launches by other countries .

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@Dropbear

Population of India: 1.237 billion (2012)

Population of China: 1.351 billion (2012)

"overwhelm [India] with sheer numbers" ? Wha?

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Joke

"India can launch things into space while the UK can at best build a high speed railway "

To be fair,"we" in the UK have already done the former and decided there was nothing new to learn and so gave up on it but have yet to attempt the latter.

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Headmaster

One point

You got an upvote for the sentiments; I'd just like to point out that Hinduism is a religion, not a race, so while you're right about castes not being racial, your reason isn't relevant.

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Mushroom

Uh oh!

@DropBear

If you're right, then you just nullified the UK's defence strategy for the last fifty or sixty years. The purpose of nuclear deterrence is to assure your potential enemy that a military incursion will be met with a nuclear response. The aggressor cannot assume that he is starting a "classical-weapons-only type campaign".

It gets scary when, as in the nineteen sixties, two nuclear powers try to see how big they can puff themselves up behind such a threat, and I guess that neither India nor China want to go there. So what we have at the moment between them is a sort of nuclear deterrent deterrence.

Oh! a good reason for the icon, for a change!

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Anonymous Coward

Wrong Priorities

Well done India, you can fling a rocket in to space, but you can't educate or feed the masses, protect your females from rape gangs and honour killings. Backwards country !

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Anonymous Coward

Or for that matter

Prevent the use of the "Air Toilet" aka "Drop a brownload where it suits you".

This is actually the main cause of infant mortality in India from what I've read.

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Re: Or for that matter

No you can't. You've clearly never been there. Try dropping a brown in the lobby of the Hilton Doubletree in Delhi and see what happens.

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Re. Re. Or for that matter

http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/06/open-defecation-solves-the-child-mortality-puzzle-among-indian-muslims/

Simpoolez.

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