Depending on the perspective of the observer, Mangalyaan is either 2013’s best feel-good stories from India Inc., or a wasteful use of taxpayer resources, money that could have gone to making toilets, water fountains, hospitals, education, or more Aaakash tablets. Despite its limited scientific objectives or what you thought of it, the boffins behind the Mars Orbiter were committed completionists, going so far as applying for a visa in Tirupati. They didn’t need your permission.
How much is Rs. 450 Crore? Compare it to the size of scams, defense budgets, or the box office winnings of a blockbuster Hollywood movie, and it seems small. But to put a human cost to that number, let’s divide it by Rs. 1699 – that’s the retail price of a D.Light S300 Solar Lantern. We did the number crunching to arrive at this number.
Cost of #Mangalyaan it could buy you 26,48,616 D.Light S300 Solar Lanterns. That’s >25 lakh people’s potential access to solar lighting.
— thenextmeme (@TheNextMeme) November 5, 2013
Some questions from Debbie Downer:
Is Mangalyaan environmentally friendly? What minerals are required to manufacture Hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene or Unsymmetrical Di-Methyl Hydrazine? Are they greenhouse gases? How expensive is Mangalyaan as a percentage of annual fuel subsidy on LPG, Diesel or Petrol? How many Macbook Pros could you buy for 450 Crores? How many Batkids is a Mangalyaan? How many DVDs of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos can you buy for 450 crores?
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