Friday 1 September 2023

Anita says...September 2023

 "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail".

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anita Ratnam
Photo: Sangeeta Banerjee/Oneframestory

It was a moment that united all Indians globally. The August 23rd touchdown of Chandrayaan-3 on the moon's southern surface. All differences were put aside to cheer our scientists. And then the debate began. What will that point be named? The first moon mission that crash landed on November 14, 2001 was called JAWAHAR STHAL (point), to honour India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Should this point be named after Dr Vikram Sarabhai or President Abdul Kalam? Suggestions came thick and fast on social media until we were told that it was going to be called TIRANGA (Tricolour) POINT and SHIV-SHAKTI POINT!

Dancer Mallika Sarabhai, daughter of the iconic scientist and father of India's space programme Dr Vikram Sarabhai, had a long post on Facebook about the origin of the space programme INCOSPAR and her father's pivotal role in spurring attention and resources towards India's space research. "For those interested, I am recording history rather than fairy tales," she says, taking a self-deprecating dig at the recurring Radha Krishna mythological tropes!

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