Only a Dream? for an Indian to Land on Moon(later Mars)
I don't think so. It is much closer to reality today than ever.
If 10 years back somebody would have said we(Indians) want to Launch a Moon Mission would that be called a dream, which today(precisely yesterday-21Oct08) is reality (Just some more , though difficult steps left for this mission to be a total success).
In 2003 when i could use a GPS car & drive inside USA w/o knowing the directions, i never veen dreamed that in India too, we wil have GPS devices,but it is not even 5 years & we already have it (question of time when it becomes cheaper/affordable for masses).
Param Supercomputers/Nuclear capabilities/Material design/name it , Indians have not only envisioned(not just dreamt) but executed to acheive these capabilites.
WHEN PEOPLE ASK QUESTIONS LIKE "SHOULD INDIA GO TO MOON/DEVELOP NUCLEAR REACTORS" CAN PEOPLE ALSO 1st THINK THAT THIS QUESTION ARISES BECAUSE ATLEAST WE CAN DO IT. THIS IS POSSIBLE FOR ONLY 5% of NATIONS in the world.
EVEN THE QUESTION WHETHER THEY SHOULD DO/TRY IT IS IRRELEVANT for 95% NATIONS. Other Nations can truly only dream about them.
Where we can try,develop & offer them these as services.
Moon Mission is a testament that we as such a diverse country with our own paradoxes & so called slow growth rates (though it is only second in the world for such a huge country/economy), Indians being so different as not being familiar with many other fellow indians due to the diversity can still work as one & not only dream about the Moon but also get there.
100s of organisations/companies & 1000s of subsystems must have been put together& integrated to finally work as one for a Launcher to take off.
Similarly despite 100s of languages & 1000s of dialects, we can still work together & create/develop world class technolgies & aim for betterment of Masses (still most being underprivileged).
So as long as we have visionaries & organisations who support such visionaries & are so LEAD by SUCH VISIONARIES, Sky is the Limit for dreams(visions) to be realised. What have you in current breed of scientists par excellence & dedication like ABDUL KALAM,KASTURIRANGAN (Referring only to some K's as an example-we have another 25 alphabets left) we should DARE NOT ONLY TO DREAM ....BUT REALISE THEM..
Where Political leadership seems bleak at times, thank God, they let Scientists work & create hope so that the Indian dreams a Billion dreams that realise in his lifetime...