Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability by shooting down a live satellite, describing it as a rare achievement that puts the country in an exclusive club of space super powers. "In the journey of every nation there are moments that bring utmost pride and have a historic impact on generations to come. One such moment is today," he said in an unprecedented broadcast to the nation on television, radio and social media. "India has successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile. Congratulations to everyone on the success of #MissionShakti," the prime minister tweeted later.
"The A-SAT process started in 2014 after PM Modi gave permission and now it's a huge achievement. Not only we have become space power but we are now in big four. We should not forget that tomorrow's wars will not be the same as yesterday's wars. So our preparedness is our biggest deterrent," says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Arun Jaitley accused the then Congress-UPA government for "dilly-dallying" in giving giving their approval to scientists to go ahead with Mission Shakti. "Our scientists had this capability for a long time but the then government never gave them a go ahead. I want to remind some of my friends from the Congress that when Agni V was launched, the DRCO had said that they have the capability to develop an A-SAT missile," Jaitley said.
National security prevails over every other consideration, says Jaitley.
India's nuclear programme will go on 365 days a year irrespective of elections, says Arun Jaitley.
"Today is a historic day for our country. Our scientists have achieved a feat that previously only three other nations had. We successfully launched an A-SAT missile and this increases our defence capability. India is now only the fourth country enabled to shoot down a satellite," said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Bahut Badhai @isro, Bahut Badhai @PMOIndia, Aaj Antariksh me Desh ne Ek Bahut Badi, Bemisaal Kaamyaabi Hasil Kii Hai. Desh kii Antariksh Karyakram Kii Safalta Hai, Sabkii Mehnat Hai Ye. https://t.co/eAaOv6vU54— Sumitra Mahajan (@S_MahajanLS) March 27, 2019
#MissionShakti represents a watershed moment for India. Testing of the Anti-Satellite Missile demonstrates India's scientific prowess and commitment to harnessing space technology for the security and empowerment of our people. My congratulations to all concerned #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 27, 2019
Tremendous achievement by Namo Govt. It has thrown Pakistan electronic guidance of their jet fighter into blindness. Even Pak airforce jets flying over Pak territory can be shot down by blinded Pak radars. Congratulation to Namo’s l— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) March 27, 2019
Congratulations once again to DRDO & entire scientific community in achieving yet another milestone by successfully testing ASAT technology.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 27, 2019
Well done DRDO, extremely proud of your work.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 27, 2019
I would also like to wish the PM a very happy World Theatre Day.
India’s Mission Programme is world-class for many many years.— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) March 27, 2019
We are always proud of our scientists, @DRDO_India , other research & space organisations. 1/4
India becomes the 4th Nation in the world after USA, Russia and China!— Chowkidar Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) March 27, 2019
India also congratulates all hardworking scientists and entire team for this great achievement and making entire Nation proud.
भारत माता की जय!
वंदे मातरम्, वंदे मातरम्, वंदे मातरम् ! #MissionShakti
Congratulations to you too Sir on the success of #MissionShakti.— Chowkidar Nongthon Biren (@NBirenSingh) March 27, 2019
A proud moment for India as we enter our name as an elite space power today.⁰— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) March 27, 2019
Our scientists have achieved a great feat by carrying out #MissionShakti in under three minutes. Congratulating @isro and @DRDO_India for this remarkable accomplishment.
Decisive leadership leads to a stronger Nation.— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) March 27, 2019
With #MissionShakti, India has registered its presence among the elite space powers.
A-SAT, an anti-satellite weapon, which successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit, is a giant leap in India’s national security.
India becomes an elite space power. Congratulations to our scientists and engineers for their indigenous efforts in successfully executing #MissionShakti. India continues to become stronger & secure under the leadership of @narendramodi ji! #NamumkinAbMumkinHai pic.twitter.com/oCJke5iEJm— Chowkidar Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) March 27, 2019
Congratulations to scientists of #DRDO for the success of #MissionShakti and for making India as an elite space power. We are so proud of the achievements and efforts of DRDO towards strengthening the country’s security since its inception in 1958.— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) March 27, 2019
Under the able leadership of PM @narendramodi, team @DRDO_India has achieved a remarkable & historic feat. I am feeling proud that #MissionShakti has been successfully conducted making India, the only 4th nation with capability to destroy low orbit satellite using A-SAT missile.— Chowkidar Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) March 27, 2019
A defining moment for our Nation!#MissionShakti is a hallmark of our scientific aptitude & commitment to national security.— Chowkidar Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 27, 2019
Congratulations to PM @narendramodi ji, our scientists & citizens as India joins the power league of Nations having Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile.
This is a historic day for the nation, I congratulate the DRDO and ISRO scientists: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Massive Space Leap for India. Kudos to #DRDO scientists for this huge technological advancement. Arrival of #India as #Space Super Power... India only 4th Country after #US, #Russia and #China to acquire anti-satellite missile capability. #MissionShakti https://t.co/CSieCB1JxO— Chowkidar Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) March 27, 2019
The vision of our PM @narendramodi ji is translated to reality by @DRDO_India and our scientists with the successful launch #MissionShakti. This is a proud moment of every Indian as our nation embark on a new era of space research and technology!— Chowkidar Vinod Tawde (@TawdeVinod) March 27, 2019
We congratulate @isro & the Govt on the latest achievement for India. The Indian Space Programme established in 1961 by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru & the Indian Space Research Organisation set up under Smt. Indira Gandhi has always made India proud with its ground breaking achievements.— Congress (@INCIndia) March 27, 2019
Former DRDO Chief and NITI Aayog member Dr VK Saraswat to ANI on anti-satellite weapon A-SAT: This is a fantastic capability to have and it gives us a deterrence in case our adversaries try to militarise the space or try to prevent us from using our existing space capabilities.
Congratulations to DRDO India and ISRO scientists on the success of ‘Mission Shakti’. The success of this mission will help in strengthening India’s defence capabilities. We are proud that our Space and Defence program has touched unprecedented heights with this glorious achievement, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
परमाणु शक्ति के बाद अब भारत अंतरिक्ष महाशक्ति बन चुका है ।अटलजी ने ११ मई १९८८ में पोखरन में भूगर्भ परीक्षण कर भारत को आणविक शक्ति वाला देश बनाया और अब @narendramodi ने space superpower बनाया .— Chowkidar Sushil Kumar Modi (@SushilModi) March 27, 2019
Another extremely proud moment for India under the leadership of PM Shri @NarendraModi ji. India has entered its name as an elite space power. It has become only the fourth nation after USA, China and Russia to achieve this distinction. /1— Chowkidar Pankaj Singh (@PankajSinghBJP) March 27, 2019
The successful execution of #MissionShakti is a proud, powerful, historical moment for us.— Chowkidar Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) March 27, 2019
Under the visionary leadership of PM @narendramodi ji, today we have become a formidable space power with proven Anti-Satellite Missile capability
Many congrats @DRDO_India & all Indians!
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulates ISRO and DRDO scientists in developing and demonstrating ASAT capabilities.
Today @narendramodi got himself an hour of free TV & divert nation's attention away from issues on ground — #Unemployment #RuralCrisis & #WomensSecurity — by pointing at the sky.— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) March 27, 2019
Congratulations @drdo_india & @isro — this success belongs to you. Thank you for making India safer.
नमस्कार. 'भारत के 'मिशन शक्ति' कामयाबी पर मैं हमारे वैज्ञानिकों का और माननीय प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi जी का अभिनंदन करती हूँ. वन्दे मातरम्.— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) March 27, 2019
भारत ने आज एक अभूतपूर्व सिद्धि हासिल की है। भारत में आज अपना नाम ‘स्पेस पावर’ के रूप में दर्ज करा दिया है। अब तक रूस, अमेरिका और चीन को ये दर्जा प्राप्त था, अब भारत को भी यह उपलब्धि हासिल की है: पीएम @narendramodi #MissionShakti— Chowkidar Raghubar Das (@dasraghubar) March 27, 2019
Congratulations to all the scientists for carrying out "Mission Shakti" successfully. India is moving fast towards becoming a world leader, & under PM Modi's leadership, it is on its way to not only become a 'super economic power', but also a 'super science power', says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
The UPA government had initiated the ASAT program which has reached fruition today I congratulate our space scientists & the visionary leadership of Dr Manmohan Singh, tweets Congress leader Ahmed Patel.
#MissionShakti is special for 2 reasons:— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 27, 2019
(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.
#MissionShakti was a highly complex one, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision. It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s outstanding scientists and the success of our space programme.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 27, 2019
In the journey of every nation there are moments that bring utmost pride and have a historic impact on generations to come.— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 27, 2019
One such moment is today.
India has successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile. Congratulations to everyone on the success of #MissionShakti.
#PMAddressToNation | What we have done is not against anyone. It speaks of the country's technological prowess. India has always been against the use of weapons in space: PM @narendramodi— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) March 27, 2019
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India “s #Chowkidar @narendramodi makes India capable of hunting down its enemies - on land, air, sea and now in SPACE 🇮🇳🇮🇳— Chowkidar Rajeev Chandrasekhar 🇮🇳 (@rajeev_mp) March 27, 2019
Huge Congrats to Scientists of #ProjectShakti for develpmnt of A-SAT capability n to ldrship n vision of our @PMOIndia 🙏🏻💐
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 . #missionShakti— Chowkidar Sadananda Gowda (@DVSBJP) March 27, 2019
A-SAT missile will strengthen India's security and progress: PM Modi
We have always been against weapons in outer space and there is no change in this. Today's action does not violate any international law or bilateral agreement: PM Modi
PM Modi concludes his speech with 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' chant.
'Mission Shakti' operation was a difficult target to achieve which was completed successfully within three minutes of launch: PM Modi.
To make positive changes in the lives of the people, we will have to adopt new changes: PM Modi.
It’s a matter of pride for all of us that it has been done by indigenously developed technology. I congratulate the scientists of DRDO, says PM Modi.
The mission was completed in just 3 minutes using an ASAT Made In India: PM Modi
Our aim is to maintain peace and to create war like situation: PM Modi.
India acquires capacity to shoot down designated target satellites, says PM Modi.
Today, India has registered its name among the greats of the space race: PM Modi.
India has now entered the Super League with Mission Shakti. India shoots down low orbit live satellite: PM Modi.
Mission Shakti is a big win for India. This Mission Shakti happened within 3 minutes, says Narendra Modi.
India is proud of its scientists, says PM Modi.
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: PM Modi.
India has entered its name as an elite space power: PM Modi.
India has registered its name in the list of Space Power. America, Russia and China have achieved it till now. India is the 4th country.
India shoots down, LEO satellite in space: PM Modi.
After America, Russia and China. India has become the fourth Space super power country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address nation in just few minutes.
Reports say all Cabinet Committee on Security members present at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) March 27, 2019
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CCS members present at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg: Reports
Any moment now, PM Narendra Modi to begin his address to the Nation where he will deliver "an important message".
He’s declaring the results of the Lok Sabha elections. #JustSaying— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 27, 2019
प्रधानमंत्री जी के संदेश आने से पहले ही विपक्ष की धड़कन बढ़ गई??— Chowkidar Shandilya Giriraj Singh (@girirajsinghbjp) March 27, 2019
PM Narendra Modi's address to the nation where he is to deliver "an important message."
PM Modi to begin his address to the nation any minute now.
मेरे प्यारे देशवासियों,— Chowkidar 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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the nation shortly with an important message.