Why should India become a space superpower?

Why should India become a space superpower?

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After the success of ISRO's Mangalyaan mission, the UK-based charity, Oxfam put up a blog post: Should India be sending a rocket to Mars when 40% of children are malnourished? It is a pertinent question. Should India be investing money in a space program when many of its citizens' basic needs aren't being met?

Credits:

1. Rakesh Sharma – First Indian in Space: http://www.aerospaceguide.net/astronaut/rakesh_sharma.html
2. Mars Orbiter Mission - India - ArtistsConcept:
https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plik:Mars_Orbiter_Mission_-_India_-_ArtistsConcept.jpg
3. Mars - September 30 2014:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmgill/23604536008
4. Vikram Sarabhai Stamp, 1972:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nat507/32654750235
5. U R Rao:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:U_R_Rao.jpg
6. Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-3) taking off from Sriharikota:
http://www.indiandefensenews.in/2017/08/on-this-day-30-years-ago-isro-launched.html
7. ISRO Scientists Carry India's First Communication APPLE Satellite on Bullock Cart:
https://twitter.com/IndiaHistorypic/status/831729282674196484/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E831729282674196484&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.moneycontrol.com%2Fnews%2Ftrends%2Fcurrent-affairs-trends%2Famazement-respectsome-wit-world-reacts-to-isro-launch-1006025.html
8. Insat-1B:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Insat-1B.jpg
9. TERLS-01:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TERLS-01.jpg
10. GSLV MkIII:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GSLV_MkIII.JPG
11. ISRO's GSLV at SHAR entrance 2:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ISRO%27s_GSLV_at_SHAR_entrance_2.jpg
12. PIA00407: Global Color Views of Mars:
https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/?IDNumber=pia00407
13. Artist's Conception of Space Station Freedom - GPN-2003-00092:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Artist%27s_Conception_of_Space_Station_Freedom_-_GPN-2003-00092.jpg
14. Agriculture and rural farms of India:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:(1)_Agriculture_and_rural_farms_of_India.jpg
15. FP Satellite icon:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:FP_Satellite_icon.svg
16. Girls in school in Chennai, India:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/7127903885
17. Girls students, Chhattisgarh, India:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Girls_students,_Chhattisgarh,_India.jpg
18. Indian Students 4616:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Indian_Students_4616.JPG
19. Budget Cuts, Growing Threats Affect Space Operations:
http://archive.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122737
20. India girls Banner:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/olpc/3080618518
21. iPhone 4 Bumper + Universal Dock w/ DIY Adapter:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ivyfield/4802227735
22. Afghanistan weather forecast:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jpallan/4117937462
23. Cyclone Catarina from the ISS on March 26 2004:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cyclone_Catarina_from_the_ISS_on_March_26_2004.JPG
24. GSLV-F01 Blasting off from the Sathish Dawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, to place EDUSAT- India's first full-fledged educational sattellite- in orbit on September 20, 2004:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:GSLV-F01_Blasting_off_from_the_Sathish_Dawan_Space_Centre,_Sriharikota,_to_place_EDUSAT-_India%27s_first_full-fledged_educational_sattellite-_in_orbit_on_September_20,_2004_(2).jpg
25. Class-6-no-furniture-WB:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Class-6-no-furniture-WB.jpg
26. NASA's Space Communications Testbed:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NASA%27s_Space_Communications_Testbed.jpg
27. NASA’s LADEE Spacecraft Gets Final Science Instrument Installed:
https://sservi.nasa.gov/articles/nasas-ladee-spacecraft-gets-final-science-instrument-installed/
28. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam in 2008:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:A._P._J._Abdul_Kalam_in_2008.jpg
29. Kids in Rishikesh, India:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kids_in_Rishikesh,_India.jpg
30. Roadside Workers - Goa, India:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ian-arlett/16517909197
31. CLT3:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CLT3.jpg
32. Children in unsanitary conditions in slum in India:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gtzecosan/3150664558
33. Launch: Maximum Thrust [Crew Audio] with English Subtitles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXXrAiXUeXE
34. The Earth from Space:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2xo0Bm59xU
35. AEHF 1:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AEHF_1.jpg
36. Match on TV:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Match_on_TV.jpg
37. Installation of fiber optic cable by the ESA/LIRR Communications team:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtacc-esa/39727882834
38. Map Credits:
Mapbox