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Motivational Story – When A. P. J. Abdul Kalam came up with idea of planting India’s Tricolor on Moon

here You will wonder to know that former President and ‘Missile Man’ APJ Abdul Kalam was the first to come up with the idea of planting the tricolor on the moon. Preparation for the mission had begun and scientists were deciding on which instruments to use when they had a serendipitous encounter with Kalam. “Kalam had a meeting with the scientists. I was not present. He suggested painting the tricolour on the impactor that would land on the moon” recalled Jitendra Nath Goswami (Indian Scientist & Researcher)

Motivational Story – Bedabrata Pain who left NASA to make films When I left NASA as a senior scientist, I was taking a huge risk at the age of 45 in jumping from the top of my field to a point where I was scraping the bottom of an unknown barrel. But if I didn’t do it at that point, I probably wouldn’t have done it ever. I was told that after 40 you should be settling down. Honestly, I found that prospect perfectly boring.

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Story – Funny conversation between Indian Nuclear Scientists Homi Sethna & P. K. Iyengar

go to link On the day of India’s first Nuclear test, Homi Sethna said to his colleagues: “Whose head will be chopped if the test fails?” To this P.K. Iyengar replied: “If the law of physics works, no head will be chopped.” The test conducted successfully, Sethna sent a coded message to Gandhi,” saying “Buddha Is Smiling”.

Story when Dr. Homi J. Bhabha was advised by Jawaharlal Nehru to focus on nuclear-related affairs & programs Jawaharlal Nehru envisioned the developing of nuclear weapons and established the Atomic Energy Commission of India in 1948. Nehru also called Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, a nuclear physicist, who was entrusted with complete authority over all nuclear-related affairs and programs and answered only to Nehru himself. Indian nuclear policy was set by unwritten personal understanding between Nehru and Bhabha. Nehru famously said to Bhabha, “Professor Bhabha take care of Physics, leave international relation to me”. From the outset in 1948, Nehru had high ambition to develop this program to stand against the industrialized states and the basis of this program was to establish an Indian nuclear weapons capability as part of India’s regional superiority to other South-Asian states, most particularly Pakistan.

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