On first glance one does wonder at the sense of India spending large amounts of money on a mission to Mars. How can they, you ask, while so many people go hungry or lack basic facilities?
Ok, we in New Zealand could also be accused of wasting money on the Americas Cup while many citizens could have received important medical help for that money (it was $32 million here).
Actually the payback to the government and the economy in general, plus the not to be underestimated ‘feel good’ factor benefits may be more than can be easily estimated.. India feels that it will reap the paybacks in the form of pride, scientific knowledge and probable huge increases in the technological area of its economy. Is that not similar to what we expect in NZ from our ‘failed’ attempt to win back the “Olde Mug?”
So, before people around the world criticise the ‘waste’ of money and resources, take a deeper look at the reasons why India (and New Zealand) embark on these grandiose’ programmes’