In a recent turn of events, acclaimed South Indian actor Prakash Raj found himself in the midst of controversy for a tweet related to India’s lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3. Raj’s tweet came just days ahead of Vikram Lander’s anticipated attempt at a soft landing on the Moon’s south pole, a pivotal moment in the nation’s space exploration journey.
The actor’s tweet, which read, “BREAKING NEWS: First picture coming from the Moon by #VikramLander Wowww #just asking,” drew criticism from various quarters. Accusations of “mocking” the Chandrayaan-3 mission were hurled at Raj, prompting a significant backlash from social media users. One notable response, from comedian Appurv Gupta, addressed the actor’s post by highlighting the distinction between dissenting opinions and disrespecting the country.
Many users echoed similar sentiments, urging Raj to show respect for the mission irrespective of his political ideology. It is worth noting that Prakash Raj is known for his criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party. By making the context of his tweet particularly sensitive.
Chandrayaan 3 carrying aspirations
Chandrayaan-3’s Vikram Lander carries the aspirations of 1.4 billion Indians as it endeavors to etch its mark in history by achieving a successful landing on the lunar south pole. Currently, the module has completed its de-boosting maneuver operations and is in a hovering phase above the Moon’s south pole. During this period, the module is undergoing internal checks and evaluating potential landing sites.
This mission serves as a follow-up to Chandrayaan-2, which aimed for a soft landing on the Moon in September 2019 but faced challenges in its final stages. Should Chandrayaan-3 succeed, India will join the elite group of nations that have achieved this monumental feat, including the United States, China, and the former Soviet Union.
In a related development, Russia’s moon mission, Luna-25, also attempted a moon landing, but unfortunately, the mission encountered failure as it collided with the lunar surface. The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, had launched Luna 25 for the lunar south pole on August 11, close to four weeks after the launch of Chandrayaan-3.
As the anticipation builds for the outcome of Chandrayaan-3’s mission, the incident involving Prakash Raj serves as a reminder of the sensitivities and passions intertwined with such landmark events. It highlights the delicate balance between individual expression and the collective aspirations of a nation, especially in the realm of scientific achievement and exploration.