Space Exploration: An Unnecessary Expenditure

With a population of 1.2 billion people, and with a recent election bringing a voter turnout of almost half of that, India holds the title of the “world’s largest democracy”. The sheer size of the population makes India an important figure on the global stage, and the existence of its own space exploration programme places it alongside the likes of China, Russia and the USA.

Both the size of its electorate, and the existence of its space programme, bring tremendous national pride to the nation and its inhabitants, but with roughly 30% of its 1.2 billion population in poverty it begs the question of why India has a national space exploration programme in the first place.

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