Archive for October, 2014


MOM in Martian OrbitIndia created history on Wednesday, (September 24, 2014) becoming the first country to successfully get a spacecraft into the Martian orbit on its maiden attempt.

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan is a “technology demonstrator” project aiming to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management, and operations of an interplanetary mission.

NASA’s The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex in Australia which is managed by CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science got the first signals which were relayed to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

November 5, 2013: ISRO’s PSLV C25 launched India’s Mars Orbiter Mission from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

September 24, 2014: Mars Orbiter Mission reaches the intended orbit around Mars, making India the first country in the world to have successfully launched its mission to the red planet on the very first attempt.

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), which reached the red planet just…

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Issues and Challenges in India

The World is Blindly Chasing GDP Growth, as Development

The time has never been more opportune to reorient the goal of development towards genuine human happiness and well-being of all life. – Jigmi Y. Thirley, Bhutan

Schumacher - substance of man‘Precarious’ is the word that accurately describes the current status of our planet and its societies. Yet, countries across the world are running their affairs in the business-as-usual approach – for all of them, except Bhutan, development means economic growth described in terms of the gross domestic product (GDP). When we look around all we see is severe pressure on natural resources, eco­logical, societal and ecosystem degradation, potentially catastrophic climate change, excessive consumption of the affluent and extreme poverty on the other end, and growing inequalities both between and within nations. In fact, high poverty and unemployment, by nature, subsidize the business activities of the rich through low wages (usefulness of the…

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Issues and Challenges in India

GNH more important than GDPBhutan was the first country Indian Prime Minister Modi visited after assuming office in 2014. There must be something special about Bhutan besides being India’s neighbor. Yes, there is very special reason why informed people go to Bhutan: its development paradigm of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Bhutan pursues holistic happiness, not GDP growth. It is the only country in the world that does not measure its progress in terms of economic expansion measured as GDP growth. Its development model is easily the most sustainable and is the envy of the world. No wonder the UN and global community looks towards it as a role model of sustainable development.

Bhutan’s holistic view of development has the potential to transform humanity’s relationship with nature, restructure economies, change attitudes to food and wealth, and promote caring, altruism, inclusiveness and cooperation.

Global Interest in Bhutan’s GNH

The old model is broken. We need to…

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CHINDIA ALERT: You'll be living in their world, very soon

“Here begins our tale: The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide. Thus it has ever been.” This opening adage of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, China’s classic novel of war and strategy, best captures the essential dynamism of Chinese geopolitics. At its heart is the millennia-long struggle by China’s would-be rulers to unite and govern the all-but-ungovernable geographic mass of China. It is a story of centrifugal forces and of insurmountable divisions rooted in geography and history — but also, and perhaps more fundamentally, of centripetal forces toward eventual unity.

Tibetan Settlement in India

This dynamism is not limited to China. The Scottish referendum and waves of secession movements — from Spain’s Catalonia to Turkey and Iraq’s ethnic Kurds — are working in different directions. More than half a century after World War II triggered a wave of post-colonial nationalism that changed the map of the world, buried nationalism and…

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