As India takes the helm of the G20 Presidency, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Science & Technology, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Space, and Atomic Energy, reflects on the remarkable synchrony between this prestigious role and India’s accomplishments in space exploration and technology.
The Prime Minister’s Global Stature and India’s Space Triumphs
Dr. Singh begins by emphasizing that the G20 Summit convenes in India at a moment when Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has ascended as a towering global leader. This synergy between India’s international leadership and the G20 Presidency is further heightened by India’s remarkable achievements in space science and technology.
India’s Flag on the South Pole of the Moon
Dr. Jitendra Singh proudly points out that India’s flag now adorns the South Pole of the Moon, a historic feat achieved through the Chandrayaan-3 mission. This is the first time any spacecraft has successfully landed on the farther side of the Moon, marking a significant milestone in India’s space exploration journey.
Global Acknowledgment of India’s Scientific Prowess
The Minister underscores that India’s accomplishments in science and technology, including pioneering research and development success stories in COVID-19 vaccines, have gained recognition and acclaim worldwide. These achievements reflect India’s commitment to advancing global science and its dedication to humanitarian causes.
‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’: The G20 Summit’s Theme
Aligning with the G20 Summit’s theme of ‘Vasudeva Kutumbakam’ (One Earth, One Family, One Future), Dr. Jitendra Singh observes that the world now recognizes and embraces Prime Minister Modi’s mantra. He believes that India is ready to lead the world in various capacities, particularly in the realm of science and space exploration.
Global Collaboration in Science Endeavors
The Minister highlights the need for collaborative efforts among nations for future scientific endeavors, especially in the space sector. He emphasizes that as the world continues to progress, integration and cooperation among stakeholders will be vital for advancements in technology-driven growth.
India’s Prominent Role in the Space Sector
Dr. Singh proudly asserts that India’s Space program is now on par with the world’s leading space agencies. While NASA was the first to land on the Moon, it was India’s Chandrayaan-1 that identified possible evidence of water molecules on the lunar surface. Now, Chandrayaan-3 has achieved a groundbreaking landing on the Moon’s South Pole, drawing global attention.
Technology-Driven Agreements with the United States
Dr. Singh recalls that during Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the United States, several agreements were signed, all of which were technology-driven. These agreements, ranging from the Artemis Accords to joint expeditions to the International Space Station, underscore India’s commitment to technological progress and international collaboration.
India’s Expanding Role in the Space Economy
The Minister points out that India has launched over 380 foreign satellites, earning substantial revenue by launching European and American satellites. India’s space economy currently stands at about $8 billion, representing 2% of the global market share. However, conservative projections estimate this figure to reach $40 billion by 2040, with some assessments projecting it to grow to $100 billion by 2040, signifying India’s rapid ascent in the space sector.
Dr. Jitendra Singh’s reflections exemplify the confluence of India’s leadership on the global stage and its dynamic achievements in the field of science and space exploration. As India assumes the role of the G20 Presidency, it embraces a future filled with promise and innovation, propelled by its dedication to advancing science and technology for the betterment of humanity.