India Launches Satellite for the help of South Asia.

India Launched "satellite of South Asia" on May 5th, 2017. It is a positive signal in relation of neighbourhood countries.

About the Satellite:

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  • The South Asia Satellite (GSAT-9) is Geosynchronus Communication and meterology sattelite by Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO)
  • It is launched for SAARC region
  • This idea mooted by India in 18th SAARC summit held in Nepal.
  • Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka are the users of the multi-dimensional facilities provided by the GSAT-9 satellite.

Benefits of this launch?

  • The benefits the countries would receive in communication, telemedicine, meteorological forecasting and broadcasting.
  • China is planning to launch a cloud for south east region countries, but India wisely took the lead by launching the SAARC satellite.
  • By lauching of this, India proved that it is the only country in South Asia that has independently launched satellite on indigenously developed launch Vehicle.

 What is the way forward?

  • This the right move at right time by India as our neighbouring countries trying to seek china’s help for space programs
  • With the GSLV launch India is showing that where it is capable its commitment to the development of its neighbours is strong.
  • Finally, by going ahead with the project despite Pakistan’s decision to pull out, present Government is signalling that it will continue with its plans for the neighbourhood SAARC minus one’ if necessary.
  • It is clear from the launch that if our counterpart Pakistan fails to give Co-operation through land, we can connect with neighbouring countries through space.