ISRO needs to be more aggressive. We cannot afford to be left behind by anyone in space, nuclear, missile technology - leave alone countries in our extended neighbourhood, irrespective of the state of relations with them.
India has no dearth of apes to send on one way space missions - Digvijay Singh, Suhail Qamar Al Hinde et al are prime candidates for the space voyage.
After all, President Obama, in his first term - altered NASA's mandate from research to "Islamic outreach" and highlighting Arab "contributions" to science. (sic)
"TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A gray-tufted monkey strapped in a pod resembling an infant's car seat rode an Iranian rocket into space and returned safely, officials said Monday in what was described as a step toward Tehran's goal of a manned space flight... Deleted