One of the foremost arguments placed forward by the some of the politicians and some of the civilians is : Why do we need so much funding in Space Programs? Why “waste” so much money in Space exploration and research ?(P.S. we are not going to attach those links here because we found their reasoning too poor to be mentioned here. Blogs like Huffington Post have a writer who has given this type of reasoning.)
For us, space programs of a country are measurement of progress of a country’s science and technological advancement and power. ISRO’s three scientists had given a AMA on reddit in which I found this golden answer:
“Our Mars mission cost a fifth of what a planned ‘Statue of Unity‘ is going to cost. NASA’s projected budget for 2013 is about $ 18 billion, which will approximately be 0.5% of the total US budget. ISRO’s allotted budget for fiscal year 2013-14 is $ 950 Million, almost 19 times less, and is about 0.33% of the total Indian budget. So, no, ISRO is not taking a bite out of the poor and hungry Indian’s pie. In fact, through its remote sensing and communication programs (IRS and INSAT), we are only helping build an essential infrastructure for the country. Then, there is disaster management: we saved millions (of lives and dollars, both) by being well prepared for the Cyclone Phailin. That is where maintaining cutting edge technological capability through R & D pays! Remote sensing helps our farmers and fishermen: the beloved poor-hungry-Indians and enables them to buy food. Giving them food, is not the answer. And our communication satellites are well, apart from connecting the remotest parts of a diverse and large country (Telemedicine and Edusat), are enabling me to answer this question in real time. Also, this video:”
If you still feel Space Program is wastage of money, we don’t know what will convince you some selected annoying people.