With the 2019 Lok Sabha polls just two weeks away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an explosive interview to Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, opened up about a number of issues in the country, as well as on his political opponents.
From speaking about the dastardly Pulwama terror attack to explaining how the country has progressed in the last five years, the Prime Minister left no significant topic untouched, including India's latest stupendous accomplishment.
With the interview coming just two days after PM Modi announced that India had demonstrated its anti-satellite (ASAT) missile capability by shooting down a live satellite in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO), thereby putting India in an exclusive club of space superpowers, he reinforced the scope of the accomplishment, saying, "India has made its mark in the superspace league with Mission Shakti."
Despite India becoming just the fourth country in the world to accomplish such a feat after Russia, the US and China, the Opposition had chosen to malign, specifically over the timing of the announcement. The Prime Minister set the record straight:
"It was not a pre-planned move, we announced it when the test was successful and it has taken immense effort over many years/"
He elaborated on the kind of global coordination that was required to pull off this manner of space operation:
"When you get time as per the global community's convenience, you need to utilise your time in that period. For us, this was the time allotted. This is not a thing that you think about and then execute and then some problem arises. It doesn't happen that way. These things have to be done as soon as possible", he said.
He spoke about how governance mustn't stop because the Model Code of Conduct is in effect:
"In the past, elections happened during 15th August and 26th January. And the code of conduct was in place. At every level, politicians who were in government gave speeches"
The Prime Minister went on to narrate a story he'd heard in his youth about how a policeman once found out that his house was being robbed, and blatantly said that 'I am not on duty'. Questioning it, he said, ''Do these things happen', and at that time when I was making the announcement can people say that it is not on duty? "