ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair: Super Achiever

Rajiv Gandhi Awards Presented
The Hindu

Circles formed by multicoloured spotlights swirled on the stage of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) here on Wednesday as luminaries of different societal hues stepped into them to receive the Rajiv Gandhi awards. The awards are an annual tribute to the former Prime Minister by Charan Singh Sapra, a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council and vice-president of the Mumbai Congress.

The award in the super achiever category went to Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman G. Madhavan Nair. Reminiscing about an occasion when Rajiv Gandhi attended a rocket launch that failed, Mr. Nair quoted the former Prime Minister as having said: “We have fumbled but not fallen flat.” Mr. Nair said India had come a long way since then, with even space tourism looking like a viable enterprise a few years from now.

India’s space research stands on the pillars of its education, and the award in this category went to Planning Commission member Narendra Jadhav. The man, who moved away from his childhood ambition of becoming a gangster to obtain B.Sc., M.A. and Ph.D degrees, said, “Education is the only thing that can change an entire generation.”

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