New Delhi : After successful landing of rover on Mars, NASA scientists are planning an ambitious mission to launch a robotic probe inside Indian Parliament to search for signs of probity in public life.
Christened as NETA (New Experiment in Troubled Asia), the research project seeks to find answers to the age-old questions like whether honesty ever existed in the precincts of the massive circular edifice or whether it ever offered conditions favourable to sustain civility.
However, some sceptics within the NASA establishment have questioned the rationale behind the exploration. “The chances of this mission proving successful are as bright as finding a twin of Sunny Leone on Mars,” said a dissident scientist.
“This is the most complex and challenging experiment ever undertaken because we are out to explore something that many believe is non-existent,” a top NASA scientist said. Even a feeble sign of integrity in nano dimension will be picked up by the advanced radars fitted to the nuclear-powered rover to be lowered inside the Sansad Bhavan using a complex set of manoeuvres.
The sophisticated rover will thoroughly survey the barren and lifeless six-acre area of the Parliament House including its famed sandstone columns, looking for “upright souls”. Its robotic arms will collect the samples like copies of government bills and statements, abandoned by the MPs on their tables or dustbins, and parcel out these samples into analytical laboratory instruments inside the rover.
The high resolution images of the members’ antics inside the House, particularly in the central hall, will be relayed to the NASA control room for psychological evaluation of their conscientiousness or lack of it. The rover will use its on-board instruments to analyse the gibberish speeches and verbal duels to understand whether there was any period in the Parliament’s history that was conducive for honesty to survive.
“The scientific objective of this mission is to understand how the world’s largest democracy has come to be governed by two simple yet elegant instruments—deception and falsehood,” the project director said.
The Indian-origin scientists, who constitute a major chunk of the workforce at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, are excited about the experiment. “Look, we finally have an opportunity to prove that our decision to leave our country was right,” said a young Indian-born scientist.
Back home, politicians across the board, on a predictable note, found the title of the project provocative. “This is yet another display of American imperialism and a blatant interference in the internal affairs of our country,” thundered CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat. The BJP and its saffron affiliates saw the NETA mission as an affront on Indian sensibilities. They went a step further and claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in fact a “robot” planted by Americans as part of their larger agenda to capture the Indian market.
The Congress spin master Kapil Sibal, however, said that the impact of the NASA experiment on India’s image was only “notional”.
(This report is contributed by Suresh Dharur from Hyderabad)