@JIM THE BOOZE
i think that you must be high on cocaine or soemthing or you embody the true american!
India you might not be aware is a country in a continent called Asia on the same planet as you are in. btw, USA is Not a continent. on the other hand, i think you are talking about the Red Indians...."launching them to MARS"... hilarious..surely you are joking?
anyway, as is usual to any article related to india, some people always nitpick about
regarding point (a), yes the country is poor but does it mean that one shuts down all technical institutes, research programs? of course, i agree that poverty needs to be eradicated. apart from the fact that the amount is too less for any purposes(IF the whole amount reached the need that is), at least the research program has more utilisation, less consumed in "graft"...
regarding (b), that is out of the scope of this comment ;-)