Don’t lose heart: Modi to emotional ISRO chief

Bengaluru, Sep 7, 2019 –

When years of hard work literally came to naught for ISRO on Saturday after it lost communication with Moon lander Vikram, no amount of words could put it right for the scientists at ISTRAC here, not even a high octane inspirational speech from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi, who had rushed in to watch the mission’s success late last night and then again was with the Team Chandrayaan-2 to speak to them on Saturday morning. ISRO Chairman K. Sivan could not hold his tears and broke down as the PM was about to leave.

In a very visible emotional outburst, Sivan was seen in tears. Modi who also appeared to hold back his tears, told Sivan: “You should not lose heart. Do not worry. Be bold and do your best.”

Sivan was accompanying Modi on his way out when on the portico the senior scientist broke down. Immediately Modi hugged him, patted his back and held him close. A disturbed and disappointed Sivan took time to gain his composure.  (Agency)

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