New Delhi [India], September 21 (ANI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that the success of Chandrayaan-3 is a testament to the robust scientific ecosystem taking shape in the country.
Initiating the discussion in the Lok Sabha on the success of Chandrayaan-3 mission and other achievements of the country in the space sector in the Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh said that science and culture must complement each other.
He pointed out that of the 424 foreign satellites launched by India so far, 389 have been launched in the last nine years of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Chandrayaan-3 shows that science education is improving in our schools and colleges and industries are laying thrust on quality. Efforts were also made by previous governments. Therefore, everyone who has contributed towards developing scientific temperament deserves congratulations," he said.
Rajnath Singh termed the Chandrayaan-3 mission as a huge achievement and stated that there are many developed countries which, despite being more resource-rich, are trying to reach the moon, while India with limited resources has become the first country to reach the South Pole of the Moon.
He credited the success to the intellectual prowess and dedication of ISRO scientists towards the development of the nation. India is today among the leading nations in the field of science due to their relentless efforts, he said.
He said that with the successful launch of foreign satellites, India's space sector is rapidly gaining a prominent place in the world.
The union minister emphasised that while science is crucial for the development of a nation and humanity at large, culture holds equal importance.
"Science is value-neutral. It can give us knowledge of nuclear power, but it is our culture which tells us whether we use that power in the form of energy for our own development or in the form of a weapon to destroy others," he said. "It doesn't matter how much progress science makes, it will remain incomplete without culture and values. As Martin Luther King said: 'Science gives man knowledge, which is power. Religion gives man wisdom, which is control'. Those who say that we should get rid of our culture and adopt science, they must understand that culture and science complement each other," he added.
He said India has had a scientific temper from ancient times.
Rajnath Singh said that the sources of this success are hidden in the country's past when there was harmony between science and faith.
"Due to the foreign invaders, there was a break in our progress, but now we are once again roaring with more strength than before and are ready to touch the sun, moon and stars," he said.
The minister stressed the importance of cultural security, describing it as equally important to border, space, cyber, economic, social, food, energy and environmental security.
He said cultural security is necessary to maintain the identity of a nation.
The government, he said, is as serious about cultural security as it is about security issues.
No nation has made economic, social, political and scientific progress without cultural renaissance, he stated, adding that to take our nation forward, it is imperative to learn from India's own culture.
"Our faith and culture are of inclusive nature. Our cultural nationalism teaches us the concept of the brotherhood of all humanity. Despite geopolitically difficult global circumstances, we successfully organised the G-20 summit and ensured consensus on the New Delhi Declaration. Behind this is the message given by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi of 'One World, One Family, One Future'", he said.
Rajnath Singh said Prime Minister termed the G-20 as not just India's success, but that of the entire world.
The minister also credited the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission to India's Nari Shakti, commending their dedication and sacrifice to provide a new identity to the nation.
He termed the 'Nari Shakti Vandan' Bill as a gift by a grateful nation to the women scientists of ISRO along with the entire female scientific community.
"There is multidimensional use of our space missions, which has a huge impact on the people as well. For example, better predictions of cloudbursts. It will be beneficial for our farmers. Better prediction of cyclones will be beneficial for those living in coastal areasfishermen. More importantly, space missions to the Moon or the Sun help to awaken the scientific temperament in a child living in a remote village. These inspire the young minds to do something in the future," he said. (ANI)