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Friday, November 8, 2013

ISRO chief takes Mars mission replica to Tirupati, rationalists fume 11-09


ISRO chief takes Mars mission replica to Tirupati, rationalists fume

Shyam's view,


Constitution allows everyone the right to practice one's religion with freedom. As a citizen of India, Shri. Radhakrishna enjoys this privilege.
Similarly the same constitution allows Mr. Narendra Nayak the freedom to be rationalist and propagate his views.
When such an important event takes place people seek divine blessings in their own way depending on their religion and faith. Constitutionally they are not wrong so long as they do it on their won will, and don't force others to do it.
Whether Shri,. Radhakrishna has violated any ISRO secrecy clause or not is for the Government and the ISRO to decide.
No one else including Mr. Narendra Nayak has a right to pass a judgement on this issue.
This is not to take away even one bit from the extraordinary work these rationalist are doing in educating the people against the the fake sanyasis and sadhus exploiting in the name of religion.
I duly acknowledge the great work being done by Shri Narendra Nayak and his team. My reply shouldn't be construed as a support for religious fanatics.
This is just one of case where I do not support these people.
Best of luck to you Shri. Narendra.
But kindly do not impede any one fundamental right to practice one religion.

Shyam

Mangalore: The Federation of Rationalist Associations has strongly criticised ISRO Chairman Dr K Radhakrishnan for offering special prayers and performing pooja with the replica of Mars Orbiter Mission at the Lord Venkateshwara temple in Tirupati, a day before the successful launch of the spacecraft from Sriharikota. 

In a statement the federation president and noted rationalist Narendra Nayak said, "We strongly condemn the attitude of the Chairman of ISRO K Radhaksrishnan who has insulted the Constitution of India by placing the replica of the satellite meant for the Mars mission at the feet of a deity at Tirupati. 


He is unfit to occupy the position of the head of the space mission and should be immediately sacked.

" He has also stated that the act was against India's secular Constitution. "He has perhaps forgotten that ours is secular republic and that worship of a deity belonging to one particular religion particularly in matters of state is negating this very basic tenet of our Constitution. He has also forgotten Article 51AH which states that it is the duty of every citizen to develop scientific temper and the spirit of enquiry and humanism. I don't know which principle of science is applicable to the act of placing a replica of the satellite at the feet of a statue at a temple. Again, if we quote his own words - We have to understand a lot from the solar system etc. If this is the case we have to also go a long way to understand how a person like him in a responsible position in a government organisation is foolish enough to believe that prayers to particular god can ensure the proper launch of a satellite! I don't know who is responsible for the failures in such a scenario! We demand that he be immediately sacked for having done this affront to the Constitution of country. If he were to go a temple for his personal work we would have no reason to object at all. But, carrying his personal superstition into matters of the state is a crime against our Constitution."

 ISRO chief Radhakrishnan seeks divine blessings for Mars mission Radhaksrishnan and his wife had visited the famous Venkateshwara Temple on Monday. He had placed the replica of the Mars Mission before the god. After the special pooja Radhakrishnan had said that they did not want to leave anything to chance. India's journey to Mars begun with the successful launch of the Mars Orbiter Mission on Tuesday afternoon. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) joined an elite club of just four agencies in the world which dared to travel to Mars. The Rs 450 crore Mars Orbiter Mission was successfully launched from Dr Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, a small coastal village in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday at 2:38 pm.

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