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Competence Matters, Not Gender: Rakesh Sharma

India’s first astronaut Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma (retd) speaks to SNI’s Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi on his unforgettable space flight in 1984. He talks about the next Indian to follow him, the process of being chosen, whether he still speaks Russian and Shah Rukh Khan’s biopic. India’s only cosmonaut, so far, was in New Delhi to attend the unveiling of his portrait by Dr Vladimir Anisimov in the presence of the Russian Ambassador Nikolay Kudashev in partnership with the BRICS Chamber of Commerce and Industry.