I just finished reading Vikram Sarabhai - a life -
I am amazed. I expect you to.
First, we all know V was the inspiration behind our space programme. Last fortnight, Madhavan Nair, one of the rocket boys, talked about V's vision. Kalam's ignited mind will vouch for it.
Two, V founded the Physical Research Laboratory. Of which not many of us have any idea.
Three, V founded IIM-Ahmedabad. Ironically, to train managers for our own country.
Four, V founded ORG. The first market research group.
Five, V founded ATIRA (I guess i am right). It is the research body for textiles in Ahmedabad.
Six, personally he created the Sarabhai Chemicals from scratch.
I think I have forgotten one or two.
Virkam was the first one to talk of using television for education (not entertainment).
And, Till now, V seems to be the only one in DAE to have resisted the temptation for n-bombs.
Truly a visionary. Like many, I also thought why he died early. We missed out.
Salutes to the Sarabhai spirit.
Hope such spirits haunt a new generation.
By the way, a huge crater in the Sea of Serenity in the Moon has got Vikram Sarabhai's name.