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1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions:
1. Considering no country succeeded in its Mars mission in the first attempt, if Mangalyaan does reach the Red Planet's orbit late next year, it would be a spectacular achievement for India's scientists without any parallel in the world.
2. Space ventures are risky since no one can go up there and set things right in the wake of an unforeseen eventuality. Even though Indian scientists have factored in the experiences of previous Mars missions by other countries, there is an element of uncertainty around Mangalyaan. Having said that, let us all hope that every manoeuvre planned by our scientists does indeed go ahead without any hitch and the mission is a grand success.
3. Leave aside the probable success or possible failure. The debate over the righteousness of our investments in space ventures has reared up again. Yesterday, when thunderous applause rent the air, there were many ambivalent voices qualifying their full-throated appreciation for our scientists with loud skepticism of whether India as a nation should be proud of the Mars Mission at all. Their argument: only the few who have roof over their heads and food in their stomachs can feel elated; for the many poor and hungry Indians, the space exploration means next to nothing.
4. I think the argument is flawed.
5. True, India is one of the poorest countries in the world. Many human development indices are very bad. Our public infrastructure leaves a lot to be desired. Malnutrition is rampant and many lives are lost to diseases caused by poor hygiene. The standard of living for a huge majority of Indians is poor. We are short of food, housing, water, power, etc. Many our cities lack even a few kilometers of good motorable roads. The list is endless.
6. But on the other side, India is a vast country with a huge number of people. We are among the most talented in the world -- best scientists, best engineers, best doctors, best teachers...Some of the best professionals in foreign countries are of Indian origin.
7. Why then the paradox? How did we put together the Mars Mission in 15 months when we take years to build a flyover? Why are some of the world's complicated problems easily solved by our professionals, but closer home, simpler problems remain unresolved? Why do we have excess food rotting in godowns when millions of people are hungry?
8. The reasons are well known.
9. To say that the Rs 450 crore spent on Mars Mission (comparatively a small amount) should have been spent on feeding the poor, is mixing up issues. If many Indians are hungry and homeless, if India has poor public infrastructure, it's not because Indian space scientists are doing their job.
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