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Mission Shakti: Winners & losers

It is no more relevant to the basic needs of Indians languishing below the poverty line than the annexation of Sikkim was all those years ago

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Ballistic Missile Defence Interceptor missile being launched by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test ‘Mission Shakti’ engaging an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit | PTI

Sunanda K Datta-Ray New Delhi
The surgical strike may have been in space but its obvious targets were opposition parties on earth. But for me Narendra Modi’s excruciatingly prolonged drama recalled George Verghese’s editorial “Kanchenjunga, Here We Come” in the Hindustan Times when Indira Gandhi’s government was about to gobble up the Himalayan kingdom of Sikkim. “Perhaps there is no need for the common man to ask for bread”, the article concluded with exquisite irony. “He’s getting Sikkim.”

Mission Shakti is probably a tremendous technological achievement and the scientists responsible for it deserve full praise. But it is no more relevant to the basic needs of
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First Published: Mar 29 2019 | 8:44 PM IST

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