Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address at Red Fort in New Delhi, today announced that by 2022 an Indian astronaut, be it a man or a woman, will go on a space odyssey on board ‘Gaganyaan’.
Recalling that India celebrates 75th year of Independence in 2022, he said that if possible even before, an Indian son or daughter will undertake a manned space mission on board ‘Gaganyaan’ “carrying the national flag”.
Chandrayaan-1 was India’s first lunar probe. It was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation in October 2008 and operated until August 2009. Mangalyaan is another Indian space project. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, is a space probe orbiting Mars since September 24, 2014.
Modi lauded the Indian Army and hailed a group of six women officers of the Navy for circumnavigating the globe. On the role of armed forces, he said it was a matter of utmost satisfaction and pride that while on one hand, Indian forces plunge into relief and rescue operations to help people in distress like floods and on the other hand, they deftly carry out surgical strikes.
Speaking on triple talaq, the PM says, “The practice of triple talaq has caused great injustice among Muslim women. We are trying to end this practice but there are some people who are not wanting it to end. I ensure the Muslim women that I will work to ensure justice is done to them.”
In a veiled dig at the UPA government, Modi says. “If we had continued at the same pace at which toilets were being built in 2013, the pace at which electrification was happening in 2013, then it would have taken us decades to complete them”