ALL-WEATHER ALLY

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jul 2018 12:32:03


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHINA seems to do everything to prove that it is a true ‘All-weather ally’ of Pakistan. While China is helping Pakistan in building its infrastructure projects and bail it out of tight corner because of US economic sanctions, Beijing has taken one more step of far reaching importance for Pakistan: China has recently launched two communication satellites from its own launch sites for Pakistan to support its communication needs. This clearly shows that Pakistan badly lacks the capability to have its own space technology and related infrastructure. Space science and related technology is a very complex matter and is a product of hard labour and brilliance of space scientists and technologists. It also requires much financial support. While Pakistan flaunts its military and nuclear muscle and has been spending quite a fortune to secure them, it has not been able to develop its own space technology. Hence it is no surprise that it has to lean on a foreign power to meet its need for space technology, which is an absolute necessity in today’s communication-led world. But China is bound to extract its price.

INDIA’S AIRCRAFT

GIVEN the conducive atmosphere for industries in India under the ‘Make in India’ flagship, time is ripe for the country to go in for indigenously built aircraft. The suggestion by Mr. A. S. Kiran Kumar, former Chairman of ISRO, of building on the capabilities of the country and not depending upon international entities for aircraft must be taken with utmost seriousness. Home-built aircraft is a strategic imperative for India, whose huge domestic market has the strength to take care of the players in aircraft industry. Aviation sector in India has seen a massive growth in the last few years with many companies playing ball with the Central Government’s UDAN regional connectivity scheme. This has increased the need for large number of aircraft. Indian aircraft manufacturers are already providing key components to the global aircraft industry. It is high time Indian entrepreneurs captured the manufacturing segment too. A clear road-map is needed to tap the advantages Indian and private enterprises hold in the growing economy.