By Asit Manohar
Amid polling for the president of India, there are huge buzz in the power corridors that Venkaiah Naidu is leading the race for vice presidential nomination from the NDA. However, our sources into the 11 Ashoka Road informed on the condition of the anonymity that it’s not Naidu but former ISRO Scientist from Kerala S Nambi Narayanan who is leading the race for vice presidential nomination from the NDA. The source also informed that his name would be announced by today evening.
Nambi Narayanan is an Indian scientist. As a senior official at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), he was in-charge of the cryogenics division. In 1994, he was falsely charged with espionage and arrested. The charges against him were dismissed by the CBI in 1996, and the Supreme Court declared him not guilty in 1998.
Narayanan introduced the liquid fuel rocket technology in India in the early 1970s, when APJ Abdul Kalam’s team was working on solid motors. He foresaw the need for liquid fuelled engines for ISRO’s future civilian space programmes. He was encouraged by the then ISRO chairman Satish Dhawan, and his successor U.R. Rao. Narayanan developed liquid propellant motors, first building the successful 600-kg thrust engine in the mid-1970s and thereafter moving on to bigger engines.