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ISRO’s South Asia satellite is a move towards using technology for diplomacy

As technological capabilities and innovation-led growth become important facets of economic and military power, countries have started integrating techno-diplomacy as a major piece in their broader international diplomacy edifice. Technological capabilities can serve both hard power (in military and economic terms), and soft power.

While this is not an entirely new phenomenon, and has been used especially with nuclear technologies and military hardware and weapon systems, the role of civilian technology solutions in diplomacy has taken on a sense of urgency in the last decade or so. Due to technological and diplomatic constraints, India has generally been unable to wield its technology as an effective tool of diplomacy. This is set to change with the launch of the South Asia satellite by ISRO on May 5.

The origins of the South Asia satellite date back to the 18th SAARC Summit, in 2014 in Nepal, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi put forward the idea of a common satellite serving the needs of all SAARC members. There were numerous delays, primarily as negotiations among the various countries of the South Asia region stalled over ownership and data access issues. With Pakistan officially opting out of the project by March 2016, the decks were cleared for an expedited launch. Continue Reading (india express).....


1) Facet (पहलुओं) - Faa-sit
Meaning - one side of something many-sided, especially of a cut gem - Noun
Synonyms - surface, side
Antonyms - back, rear
Example - There are several facets to this question.

2) Edifice (भवन) - Edi-fis
Meaning - a complex system of beliefs - Noun
Synonyms - monument, building
Example - The church on the corner is the oldest edifice in the county.

3) Integrating (घालमेल) - In-te-gra-ting
Meaning - (of an instrument) indicating the mean value or total sum of a measured quantity - Adjective
Synonyms - accomdate, incorporate
Antonyms - disarrange, disconnect
Example - Children are often very good at integrating into a new culture.

4) Constraint (प्रतिबन्ध) - Cun-strain-t
Meaning - a limitation or restriction - Noun
Synonyms - restriction, limitation
Antonyms - freedom, liberty
Example - The children showed a little constraint in the presence of the new teacher.

5) Expedite (शीघ्र) - X-pi-dite
Meaning - make (an action or process) happen sooner or be accomplished more quickly - Verb
Synonyms - accelerate, hurry
Antonyms - delay, hinder
Example - Something needs to be done to expedite the process.

6) Indigenous (स्वदेशी) - In-dij-nous
Meaning - originating or occurring naturally in a particular place, native - Adjective
Synonyms - domestic, endemic
Antonyms - alien, foreign
Example - Each country has its own indigenous cultural tradition.

7) Arsenal (शस्त्रागार) - R-snal
Meaning - a collection of weapons and military equipment - Noun
Synonyms - weapons, arms
Antonyms - debt
Example - The enemy bombers targeted our arsenal.
8) Umbra (साया) Meaning - shadow or darkness - Noun
Synonyms - shadow, cover
Antonyms - light, brightness
Example (English) - An impenetrable umbra seemed to fill every inch of the old castle.
Example (Hindi) - ऐसा लग रहा था मानो उस पुराने दुर्ग के एक एक इंच पर कोई अभेद्य साया मंडरा रहा हो।
Now considering the article above as a Reading Comprehension question, try to answer the following -
  • Discuss scientific and diplomatic significance of ISRO’s South Asia satellite.
  • The South Asia Satellite "GSAT-09" will be launched by ISRO from which launch Vehicle?
Given below are some words to check your vocabulary you can make sentences with those words in the comment section which will be reviewed by us.
  • Urgency
  • Wield
  • Diplomacy
  • Deploying 
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