“We have the people; we have the brains and manpower. We have the best doctors and engineers. We can send rockets to the moon and Mars, but we can’t get a medal. Isn’t that funny?”
—Anju Bobby George.
What he said:
“When our cricketers win a tournament, the entire country celebrates. What the scientists have achieved today, is much greater than that.”
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, makes a pointed reference to the skewed priorities of the Indian public when it comes to celebrating the country’s achievements.
The occasion was India becoming the first country to send a space craft into Mars’ orbit on its maiden attempt.
What he really meant:
“We need heroes from all spheres and professions—not merely sports and films.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“Now that’s what I’d term bowling a maiden over!”