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Dear Readers,
Greetings of the day and I wish good health to you. Take care of yourself as cases of COVID-19 are rising in almost all the states. According to the experiences of infected people, the general symptoms this time
are different than that of the previous wave. Though there are concerns and fears about the second wave, people are, in general, feeling relieved because of the availability of vaccine. But, we need to be aware of the fact that this vaccine is the solution for COVID-19 only and is not at all a permanent lifelong solution for any such infectious disease. It has been realised once again in this period of health crisis that the best solu- tion, safe, quick and permanent, lies within and certainly not outside the body. This is another important dimension of the call — let’s be ‘vocal to local’. Modern S&T developments
and advancements, because of their approach, have made us look outwards
for all kinds of solutions. Now, after having experienced the limitations of this approach, particularly during the recent health crises, there is a realisation that modern S&T should start looking inwards. Food as medicine or eating right, regular fasting, life in harmony with nature’s rhythm are some of the newly emerging sustainable scientific concepts. Let’s strive to practice these concepts to attain a healthy life. As predictions about futuristic health problems are dif- ficult, therefore prevention is the only and best solution.
Special attention has been given to the Indian space program and its pro-
gressing dimensions in this edition. The first Indian artificial satellite ‘Aryab-
hata’ was launched on April 19, 1975. An excellent Indian legacy of astronomy
was rightfully highlighted by choosing the name of the 5th century Indian
astronomer and mathematician for the first modern satellite. Another notable
thing was completely indigenous design and fabrication of the satellite. This
launch marked India’s entry into Space. Since then, a most commendable and
trustworthy progress has been made in various aspects of Space science and
technology. Till today, India has launched 210 satellites of several countries,
which speaks loudly about the credibility of India’s Space S&T. The birth
centenary year of Dr Vikram Sarabhai, the father of Indian space program, was the year 2019. Dr Sarabhai was a visionary scientist who laid the foundations of Indian space program and formulated its goals. He could visualise how the space program would help the progress and development of the common people. Now it can be said that some of the goals set by him have been realised in true sense. Furthermore, we have embarked on a mission to achieve something beyond that vision. All of us know that military security has emerged as a major concern of the world today and the Space war, a fantasy or fiction in yesteryears, has become a reality. In 2019, our country made a successful entry into this domain with a big bang. It was ‘Mission Shakti’ — a program to test an anti-satellite missile. The entire world was awe struck with the suc- cess of the mission as the missile shot down an orbiting satellite with amazing precision. The attempt being a maiden one was a surprise to many. Hitherto, it was believed that the ‘Space war’ was a domain exclusive to three nations only. Our readers will get introduced to the progress of our country in this newly evolving domain through an exclusive article.
Another rare feat achieved by our scientists and engineers, recently on March 30, 2021, was the rec- ognition of GMRT — Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope — by IEEE, the largest institution of engineers
in the world. Contributions to the advancement of science and technology by only two Indian scientists, viz., Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose and Dr C V Raman, hitherto, have been recognised by IEEE. And now, GMRT is the third in the row. The GMRT displays the best example of the collaborative endeavor of scientists and engineers. This radio telescope has earned recognition as the most trustworthy instrument to explore the universe because of its unique design. Continuous R&D is in progress to enhance the capabil- ity of the telescope. At this moment of pride, we must remember and salute late Dr Govind Swarup who conceived and built this facility.
May 11 is the National Technology Day. So, the next edition will be an exciting special edition on technology.
Jayant Sahasrabudhe
   Military security has emerged as a major concern of the world today and the Space war, a fantasy
or fiction in yesteryears, has become a reality.

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