These so called intelligent people believe that the rather splurging money on these mission that could be used in providing basic amenities to millions of poor and deprived people of the country.
Though some of these inane arguments were made before this spectacular success of 'MOM' mission, but now after this historic moment they will definitely have to eat their own words.
Illogical argument that if no toilets, electricity then why this big spending
Showing apprehension over success of the mission, former ISRO chief G Madhavan Nair last year had said, "ISRO is embarking on an extravagant mission which at best can serve as a publicity stunt". Earlier while speaking to Science magazine in 2012, the man behind Chandrayaan-I mission opined , "it's a half-baked, half-cooked mission being attempted in undue haste with misplaced objectives."
Similarly D Raghunandan who is a secretary of the the Delhi Science Forum had raised suspicion over the one of the frugal Indian space Mission. As quoted by first post he termed 'MOM' "a highly suboptimal mission with limited scientific objectives.
Then other ludicrous arguments are doing the rounds that in India where millions barely afford two times of meal in a day, basic amenities of life i.e clean water, electricity and health care are beyond their reach, this splurging money on space Mission is not logical one.
Did they mean that we should have wait till India gets free of these maladies and achieve 100 per cent result in these areas.
So then why this big spending on defence projects, where every year thousands crores rupees are being allocated in Budget. This is really a silly argument. It is matter of concern that in our country 300 million people are still living on less than $1.25 a day , but that doesn't mean we will not spend money on nuclear missiles or so matter other defence projects to make safe and secure nation.
In seventies, US, Russia were battling with swathes of problems like civil strife then Vietnam wars but in spite of that they not only took the plunge but got thumping success on this space Mission.
How space mission is useful
ISRO has been facing such criticism since its inception days where people keep on raising questions about its beneficial application to the common Indian citizen. Though its website clearly states it's motto "Space technology in the service of human kind", but they hardly assuage these group of people.
It is now established fact that satellites help people like farmers, fisherman, and other agricultural professionals by giving weather predictions. Not only that they even predicts weather condition which proves useful at time to prevent big natural calamities. Experts believe that though 'MOM' success doesn't have practical importance but it will give big push to science and technology.
Even Dr. Radhakrishnan in January 2014 interview had accepted this fact. He said that this ( Mars Mission) will not not having direct benefits to the common Indian person, but it is an investment in the economic growth of the country that will benefit all of its citizens in the long run.This will give credibility boost and put India in better bargaining position now
Despite India has spent only about $74 million, a fraction of US ( $671 million) and other countries Russia, the European Space Agency and Japan who spend more than $100 million, the move is being questioned.
It is being said that Rocket launching is a multi-billion dollar industry in the world which is growing at an exponential rate every year. Experts believe that the MOM mission will heighten ISRO's credibility and marketability before the international community. As quoted by ABC news "These kinds of successes put India in a better bargaining position, reassuring investors that we can perform", B.N. Raghunandan, dean at the IISc said as quoted by ABC news.
Accepting the fact that terrestrial problems are mounting in India, but this is the need of hour, another expert at IISc said "I don't think we can afford to lag behind. We can't sacrifice frontier research for the sake of solving old-world problems," he said. "These technological advances have their own spinoffs and benefits".
Mayank N Vahia, a scientist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research said, "ISRO will now hopefully attract a lot of business. We will now attract more international attention and international trade for satellites."
Science stream including Atomic Energy, DRDO will attract young minds now
In one of the interview, the ISRO director Dr. Radhakrishnan had said, "People are keeping awake at night to see how the Mars orbiter operations are progressing. So if you can transform so many young minds...to take up a career in science, it is a big transformation for the country, for the future."
He is very right and that i can say with full confidence after watching the great moment of MOM success on news channel. The amount of euphoria, excitements this whole of the 'MOM' mission generated amongst youth, that in itself is big proof. Currently, many of the youths are veering away from science field to corporate filed because of big money and lucrative career. Why the science stream not attractive them anymore?
According to a Rediff report, for decades India was the Third World's unquestioned 'science superpower' for decades. In 1980, India with 15,000 science journals was way ahead against China(1,000 papers).
But India could not maintained its glorious past and in these years, China moved up in the ranking leaving behind India. Even other countries like Brazil, Taiwan and South Korea are giving tough competition. Hopefully, with this giant leap, Indian youth will again prefer science as their favorite subject.
India's space prowess matter of envy for other countries specially China
Recently, Jean Dreze, a leading developmental economist and professor at the Delhi University, has criticized the whole mission saying it is another assertion of power by India to gain status of "superpower".
Though no Indian leader will explicitly accept this fact but it is true. This is because India has come a long way since 1960s when this whole space Mission was started. Western countries had imposed sanctions for a nuclear weapons test in 1974, in spite of that India developed its own rocket technology. So with this 'MOM' success India has got reason to sound haughty.
After achieving this milestone, India has placed itself in elite club of Martian explorers with United States, European Space Agency and former Soviet Union. Even big Asian giants China and Japan has not been lucky till now. This success has surely given a boost to India's global standing in space research.
Before this milestone, China had envious record on the front. As quoted by TOI "China has beaten India in space in almost every aspect so far, it has rockets that can lift four times more weight than India's, and in 2003, successfully launched its first human space flight which India has not yet embarked on. China launched its maiden mission to the Moon in 2007, ahead of India".
Though, India has proved its mettle, but surely it has long way to go. According to Colorado-based Space Foundation India still a small player in the global space industry that grew to $314 billion in 2013.