K Sivan, chief of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has won the hearts of many after his response during an interview on a Tamil channel went viral. The interview is not a recent one, but has resurfaced.
Bengaluru: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairperson Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan won the hearts for his response during an interview with a Tamil channel.
Sivan was asked about if there was anything he had to say as a Tamilian to the rest of the Tamilians. To which a candid Sivan responded, "First of all, I am Indian".
He further explained, "In ISRO, people from every region speaking various languages work together and contribute. But I am grateful to all my brothers who applaud me,” he said.
SunTV: As a Tamil, having attained a big position, what do u want to say to ppl of TN?— Ethirajan Srinivasan (@Ethirajans) September 10, 2019
Sivan: First of all, I am an Indian, I joined #ISRO as an Indian & ISRO is a place where people from all regions & languages work, contribute, but I am grateful to my brothers who celebrate me pic.twitter.com/tES7uzNCJO
The interview allegedly took place in January 2018. However, after Chandrayaan 2 and the frantic search from Vikram Lander, the old went viral once again.
Sivan's statement was roundly applauded on social media and netizens praised him for his humility.
First Of All I Am An Indian Isro Chief K Sivan Responds To Sun Tv Interviewers Question Over Tamil Identity— Amrita Bhinder (@amritabhinder) September 10, 2019
“First of all, I am an Indian, I joined ISRO as an Indian, and ISRO is a place where people from all regions and languages work and contribute,” https://t.co/AvHt5Fyd6c
"I may be of any color or any language, but my identify is INDIAN!"— Girish Alva (@girishalva) September 10, 2019
When ISRO chief was asked what he wants to say to ppl of TN as a Tamilian coming to this high position, he replies, “First of all, I am an Indian, I joined ISRO as an Indian.."#Salutehttps://t.co/XSboWyXdrY
But there were some people who slammed the ISRO chief saying, "He’s an Indian only because of his Tamil identity and apparently, that’s his primary identity. There’s no specific identity called Indian identity," a Twitter user wrote.
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