In his short address to the nation on Wednesday afternoon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the country on the accomplishment of "Mission Shakti"-a space programme.
"India has entered its name as an elite space power. An anti-satellite weapon A-SAT, successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit. 'Mission Shakti' operation was a difficult target to achieve which was completed successfully within three minutes of launch," PM Modi said.
"Today, we have enough satellites that are contributing in various segments such as agriculture, disaster management, communication, weather, navigation etc," he said and added, "'Mission Shakti' is an important step towards securing India's safety, economic growth and technological advancement."
Prime minister said, "India achieved a historic feat."
"Today is 27th March. A while ago, India achieved a historic feat. India today registered itself as a space power. Till now, 3 countries of the world- America, Russia, & China had this achievement. India is the 4th country to have achieved this feat," he stressed.
PM: A-SAT missile will give new strength to India's space prog. I assure int'l community that our capability won't be used against anyone but is purely India's defence initiative for its security.We're against arms raised in space. This test won't breach any int'l law or treaties pic.twitter.com/C614FEq9RT— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2019
#MissionShakti is special for 2 reasons:
(1) India is only the 4th country to acquire such a specialised & modern capability.
(2) Entire effort is indigenous.
India stands tall as a space power!
It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 27, 2019
Earlier in the day, PM tweeted, "I would be addressing the nation at around 11:45 AM - 12.00 noon with an important message. Do watch the address on television, radio or social media."
मेरे प्यारे देशवासियों,— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 27, 2019
आज सवेरे लगभग 11.45 - 12.00 बजे मैं एक महत्वपूर्ण संदेश लेकर आप के बीच आऊँगा।
I would be addressing the nation at around 11:45 AM - 12.00 noon with an important message.
Do watch the address on television, radio or social media.