The sudden dismissal of Defence Research and Development Organisation chief Avinash Chander by the Modi without any reason. Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar says that government was looking to appoint someone younger than 64-year-old Mr. Chander. But he stated that they have appointed 62-year-old A. S. Kiran Kumar as head of ISRO two days back.
“He was a much respected scientist. The way it was handled by the government was very wrong. If they wanted him out, they should have quietly asked him to resign,” a top DRDO scientist said, adding, “It is as though they are punishing someone for being involved in a scandal. He is one of the most knowledgeable scientists in the country. Naturally everybody is very sad and angry.”
Anyways they have large impact with the move of Chander. He directed in missile programs, Pokhran nuclear test, and Agni missile project. However it is widely believed that delays in various DRDO projects has influenced to move. Mr. Chander himself had ruled the lag in Indian defense technology development but had often attributed it to the lack of the supplementing technology infrastructure capacity in the country and the need to import all sophisticated technologies.