Rahul M wrote:this story originated in the 80's.
back then Indian nationalists were a bit nervous about India's lack of strategic weapons in a very hot political climate (Iran-Iraq war,Afghanistan,new cold war, Star Wars, Indo-pak clashes etc).
1) Some reassuring articles came out in a desi mag about how the SLV could be used as a modified BM initially by concerned people but gradually taken over by the garden variety DDM. (This is was beginning of the control of desi media by foriegn groups in the late 80s- After brasstracks)
2) NPA's were anyway looking for a stick to beat India with latched on and created the canard of the military implications of India's space programme, which was nothing but a ploy to restrict the civilian space programme itself. as time went along the SLV was gradually replaced by the PSLV to make the situation appear more fearful for the goras. (a 3rd world country so desperate and belligerent it is playing around with civilian rocket tech stolen from the west and putting it to military use in what is obviously an unstable and downright dangerous configuration !!)
translation : should we trust the browns with rocket tech, or any tech for that matter ??
A country without really a proper control over the media and intellectuals unable to understand the tech details of high tech weapon system could be easily fed some junk to feed the disarmament and jholawala brigade inside India. The target is mainly the Indian 'intellectuals'. Couple of failure of PSLV made the leftist media mock the scientists in TV who were supposed to be military/armaments types.
This episode will be studied in the future for example of propaganda more fascinating than the communism/utopia fantasy propaganda.
They have consistently fed and nurtured the jholawala brigade from 1960s and this generation is the bedrock of disarmament.