India is VERY determined: it is moving FULL SPEED AHEAD to join, by this September, the United States, Russia and China in achieving a Moon landing.
The Chandrayaan-2 space mission blasted off July 22 from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre to the Moon … 200,000 miles away. It’s stated goal: to land a lunar rover, ostensibly to explore water deposits at the south pole.
India sure needs LOTS of clean water … but not from the Moon!
Its REAL goal is a major EGO trip: a flashy foray into Space to unite its elites and masses in a nationalistic orgy of pride and performance; to pretend it is now a major world power; and, to show its arch-enemy Pakistan it can do what they cannot.
However, according to the World Bank, 21.9% of India’s population …. 275 MILLION people … live BELOW the national “poverty line” … which itself is appalling low … purchasing power of $1.25 US a day.
And an estimated 60% of the country’s 1.3 billion people live on less than $3.10 a day. Let me repeat that: an estimated 60% (that’s 763 MILLION people) of the country’s total 1.3 billion population live on less than $3.10 a day!!!
“Unemployment is high, there are disparities in standards of living, and minorities continue to suffer from a disproportionate lack of basic services, such as elementary education, primary healthcare, or safe drinking water,” reports the European Union’s International Co-operation and Development Agency.
Does that sound to you like a country that should be spending BILLIONS on a space program?
Not to me.
True … India has been making some progress over the past decade, lifting people out of poverty. “India has been the biggest contributor to poverty reduction between 2008 and 2011, with around 140 million or so lifted out of absolute poverty,” according to Wikipedia.
But India still accounts for a staggering one-third of the world’s entire population still living in poverty.
That’s not good enough to justify such a poor country, that regularly collects foreign aid from so many others, spending BILLIONS on any space project.
Canada in 2018 alone provided more than $64 MILLION in Foreign Aid to India; the US gave them $102 Million; and, the European Union (2007-2019) more than 12.8 Billion Euros.
Think of the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of dollars Canada has given to “aid” India over the past decade, while India has spent BILLIONS on its Satish Dhawan Centre and its toys … so it play in the sandbox of space on the Moon with the Big Powers.
India should use ALL of its precious revenues to provide the very basics of life (clean water, housing, health) to ALL of its citizens. … and to help raise more out of extreme poverty.
And Canada should re-direct OUR aid funds to other more deserving needy countries or to struggling communities here at home … where recipients do not waste Billions of dollars.
Instead of rewarding India for wasting money … literally, on Ego-trips.
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