After India’s ambitious lunar mission to the south pole didn’t go as planned, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)’s chief Kailasavadivoo Sivan broke down while shaking hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru in the early hours of September 7th, 2019.
Seeing him in tears, Modi immediately hugged him, patted him on the back and consoled him, showing what a true leader should do at times of crisis to uplift the spirit of his team. Netizens appreciated the gesture and said that a leader should be like Modi who uplifts his team through unstinted support and warmth.
In a major setback for the country, ISRO’s moon lander Vikram lost contact minutes before it was due to touchdown the south pole of moon’s surface. If the landing would have been completed, India would have become the fourth country after the USA, Russia and China to soft-land on the moon.
The gesture of Modi consoling a visibly heartbroken Sivan has been appreciated widely as many. The video clip of Modi hugging the ISRO chief has now gone viral on social media. Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted, “This is the moment when a nation stands tall, India is with you”- PM @narendramodi ji said to boost the morale of the @isro scientists.”
Along with Modi, Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lotay Tshering too stood in solidarity with India and said that he has no doubt that the ISRO team will make it happen one day. “We are proud of India and its scientists today. Chandrayaan-2 saw some challenges last minute but the courage and hard work you have shown are historical. Knowing Prime Minister @narendramodi, I have no doubt he and his ISRO team will make it happen one day,” Tshering wrote on Twitter.
In his nearly 30-minutes address to the ISRO scientists, the Indian Prime Minister rightly said that resilience and tenacity are central to India’s ethos.
“In our glorious history, we have faced moments that may have slowed us but they have never crushed our spirit. We have bounced back again and gone on to do spectacular things. This is why our civilisation stands tall,” he said.
“As important as the final result is the journey and the effort. I can proudly say that the effort was worth it and so was the journey. Our team worked hard, travelled far and those teachings will always remain with us. The learnings from today will make us stronger and better,” PM Modi added on his speech.
Later, he tweeted that India is with ISRO scientists who have an immense contribution to the country’s progress.
It may be mentioned, Chandrayaan 2 was ISRO’s first lunar expedition with homegrown technology.
Though Vikram lander has lost contact with the earth, this is the time to scale newer heights in success with the orbiter which can still click pictures of the moon and send it to ISRO.
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