Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jul 2018 11:26:04


EVEN as the Central Government decided to infuse fresh funds into the coffers of  Air India (AI) to make it work, particularly when there are no takers for the idea of its disinvestment, it is necessary to remind the powers that be that mere infusion of money will not help the airline. An altogether new and comprehensive management plan will have to be made ready to handle the challenge of revival of Air India. This plan must not be restricted only to Air India, but also the overall civil aviation policy of the Government.

For, as everybody knows, Air India started suffering all the worst because the political masters started restricting the airline’s operational capabilities in order to favour some private companies. The AI was withdrawn from profitable routes to favour of many private airlines. Initially, that sounded good because the overall aviation sector was beginning to look up. But that was happening at the cost of India’s premier airline. As the Government plans infusion of fresh funds into the AI, it must take into account all such aspects that led to the airline’s decline.   



WITH  the successful testing of Crew Escape System in its pursuit towards human spaceflight, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has added another prestigious feather to its coveted cap. This latest effort  is set to give the world a critical technology that can help in saving lives of astronauts in case of exigency. From the lunar probe to Chandrayaan to many another missions, the ISRO has always strived to help the world solve problems of man and society.

India’s efforts of using space missions for “societal needs” has already been acknowledged by NASA and many other research organisations.  That the ISRO has built its entire technology with negligible help from many developed countries gives a massive sense of pride to every Indian. Scientists and space programmers at the agency have helped raise the country’s status technologically over the years. This latest success is a perfect ode to Dr Vikram Sarabhai, who stood against political and individual odds to launch India’s ambitious space activities some six decades ago.