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Shifting of Human Space Flight programme from Bengaluru to Gujarat: DK Shivakumar writes a letter to Modi .


Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president DK Shivakumar wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to halt the proposed shifting of the Indian Human Space Flight programme of ISRO from Bengaluru to Gujarat.

In a detailed letter Shivakumar urged the prime minister to halt the programme shifting process. A similar kind letter he also wrote to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

The letter;

I hereby request you to kindly bear with me for this little intrusion in your busy schedule. As the matter is of utmost importance relating to the pride and self-respect of the people of Karnataka, I feel it is my duty and responsibility to bring that issue to your kind notice and urgent action.


Kannadigas are very proud of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), headquartered in Bengaluru for several decades, and responsible for achieving one important milestone after another in the exploration of Space and development of technology required for it. As you are keenly aware, ISRO has initiated the Indian Human Space Flight programme in 2007 to develop the technology needed to launch a crew-based orbital spacecraft into low-earth orbit as part of the ambitious ‘Gaganyaan’ project.


The Agency has planned its first crew-based flight in the year 2023 on an indigenous GSLV rocket. When completed on schedule, India will become the world’s only fourth nation to undertake such a prestigious programme after the US, Soviet Union and China.


Kannadigas are basically a very emotional people and get extremely attached to various national programmes and feel proud when Karnataka hosts such events.  So, the Kannadigas have a close attachment and affinity with the project – The Indian Human Space Flight programme.


They are aghast and severely jolted to learn that there are attempts to shift this prestigious project – The Indian Human Space Flight programme – from Bengaluru to Gujarat. If it happens, the people of the State will feel that the Federal Government at the Centre is ignoring, betraying and giving scant respect to the feelings of Kannadigas. It will hurt the self-respect and emotional sentiments of Kannadigas very severely. The move will have an adverse effect on the consolidation of the federal system in the country. When the people of one part of the nation start feeling that they are being “betrayed”, it will have serious repercussions.


I, therefore, appeal to you to immediately use your good offices to intervene and stop this ill-conceived move to shift the Indian Human Space Flight programme from Bengaluru to Gujarat.

Hoping to hear a positive response from you at the earliest.


With respectful regards,

(D K Shivakumar)


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