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The competition heats up: The new budget of India’s new conservative government under Narendra Modi has given its space program a 50 percent increase.
It appears that there were increases across the board, including a gigantic increase for their GSLV rocket as well as their manned program.
It also appears that Modi is following in the path of George Bush, at least when it comes to space. He might be a conservative, pro private enterprise and anti-big government, but his approach to building a space industry is decidedly Soviet in style, pumping funds into government agencies so that they can build the rockets and spacecraft. For the moment at least, private companies will be the servants to India’s government space program, not the masters.
In the U.S. and Russia this approach worked for the first generation of rockets and spacecraft, but then ended up a lead weight for later generations. I suspect we shall see the same history play out in India.