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Ex-Indian President Predicts Mars Mission in 20 Years, Swears in Junior Crime Fighters

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
October 19, 2010
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Former Indian President A P J Kalam was in Dehra Dun visiting a school, where he said the nation hopes to launch a Mars mission in 20 years and swore in a group of junior crime fighters to battle corruption.

“We hope that we will be able to send the mission to Mars in 2030,” he said at a school function here.

Kalem also had a bit of advice for the kids about India’s rampant corruption:

Answering a question, he said the best way to eradicate corruption in the country is to start a campaign from the home.

“For a nation of a billion people, if you ask your father, in case he is unfortunately corrupt, to stop corruption, this is the best way to stop corruption from the home itself. If everybody does that, then corruption will stop,” Kalam told the school children….

Later, Kalam also administered an oath asking the young students to fight corruption.

I guess this is easier than political and judicial reform and having to toss political allies in jail. There was no word on how old these kids are.

Read the full story in The Times of India.

One response to “Ex-Indian President Predicts Mars Mission in 20 Years, Swears in Junior Crime Fighters”

  1. amalie says:

    Dear Doug,

    What has this to do with anything, no doubt fight against corruption goes on at many levels. Does focus for Mars mean that nothing gets done for this world either. Or is it just that powerful technocracies may neglect space development for essential civil society causes. A parallel informational basis can ensure otherwise. The reader comments at India Times are fairly insightful. Danger lies in the segregation of interests not in the collaborative vehicles, and finite arguments for political alliance may not be the relevant ones.

    Thanks for all the good work, your blog is a great way to stay in touch with the current affair …

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