Indian Art, a War and NASA

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At the reception of NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration Wallops Flight Facility hangs a war painting. The painting depicts rockets being launched at the British Army. However, when Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam visited the facility in the 1960s, he noticed something further. The soldiers launching the rockets were dark skinned and looked South Asian, in fact they were Indians.

The painting depicts the Second Anglo-Mysore war, between Tipu Sultan’s army and the British, and is believed to be one of the first wars to use rockets.
These rockets of Tipu Sultan contributed to the establishment of NASA and even found a mention in the national anthem of the USA, which is a gripping story for another time, the painting also depicts the celebration of Indian ingenuity across the globe. Indians even today continually create practical solutions that can mitigate concerns of global warming and promote sustainability.

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