The 'Missile Woman' behind Indian test launch

Published Apr 24, 2012 06:06am

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Tessy Thomas (C) the Key Scientist for Agni-V in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the first woman scientist to head a missile project in India.—AFP Photo

NEW DELHI: Hailed as a trail blazer in male-dominated India, Tessy Thomas juggles domestic duties with her day job -- as the country's top ballistic missile expert.

Thomas was project director for the Agni V long-range nuclear-capable missile which was test-fired last week in a major military advance that will give India the ability to hit all of rival China's cities for the first time.

Celebrated as “Missile Woman” in the local media, she has lent a new and unusual face to the secretive world of India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

But while the Roman Catholic from southern Kerala state has changed perceptions of her profession and challenged tradition along the way, she says she remains the doting wife and mother at home.

“In Indian culture, we feel that women are also supposed to be taking care of the home, so a little bit of challenges are there,” the 48-year-old told AFP.

“But all my lady colleagues are also doing the same, just like me.

“It was slightly tough, but I could do it by balancing my time” between home and work.

“It was tough when my son was in school,” she conceded.

Not all of her female colleagues have risen to such a position of prominence however.

The Agni V was a prestige project for India. Its 5,000-kilometre range is seen as vital for national defence and another demonstration of the nation's rising power.

President Pratibha Patil, another woman in a prominent position, commented after the launch that “the work of Thomas in the Agni programme would hopefully inspire more women in choosing careers in science”.

In January, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that Thomas was an example of a “woman making her mark in a traditionally male bastion and decisively breaking the glass ceiling”.

Thomas joined the DRDO in 1988 and went on to work under A P J Abdul Kalam, the architect of the national missile development programme who later became India's president.

Her initial focus was on the guidance systems for the various Agni missiles. The first variant was flight-tested in 1989.

Her stewardship of the Agni V came after the first launch of the 3,500-kilometre-range Agni III in 2006.

The mother of a son and wife of a naval officer insists there is no gender discrimination in predominantly male DRDO, where about 200 female colleagues work in its dozens of ordnance factories and research facilities.

“I always felt like a scientist and DRDO never made me feel otherwise.

Besides, science does not recognise who is making the inputs,” she said.

Thomas says she decided to go into missiles -- which she regards as instruments of peace because of their deterrence value -- after watching rocket tests from a launch centre near her home.

“As school children we used to go on picnics to watch the rocket tests and I would be fascinated. Besides, I was always interested in science and mathematics,” she told AFP.

Such is her passion for Indian defence hardware that she named her college-age son Tejas -- after India's indigenously-built light combat aircraft.

Between her kitchen at home in the southern city of Hyderabad and poring over complex telemetry data at work, Thomas, who holds an engineering doctorate, has now set herself another challenge.

“I am currently working on mission and guidance (systems) of the multiple independent re-entry vehicle,” the scientist said, referring to proposed new technology to deliver multiple warheads with a single missile.

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Hyder Ali, London UK
Apr 24, 2012 03:42pm
As an Indian lover, I would hate to see Pakistan learn from this and start imitating India by giving equal opportunities to Women and Minorities. Then India could be in trouble!
KNA
Apr 24, 2012 02:55pm
'Male dominated India'...How funny and cliched...There are numerous Indian women leading large business corporations in India and abroad (Biocon and Pepsico), a number of states are lead by Women (TN and Bengal), arguably the most powerful politician in India (Sonia Gandhi) is a women a number of women lead important Govt and Non governmental organizations too. AFP and Dawn is once again showing off their lack of knowledge. I doubt there will be Defense systems anywhere in the world will have many women involved let alone leading. That way this is a world leading example. @MA Hussain...this is a deterrence against China and pakistan...there by avoiding blook, terror, destruction and tyranny against India
Vijay
Apr 27, 2012 11:49pm
There is one newspaper in my knowlegde - it is "The Hindu" nespaper
Aarav
Apr 25, 2012 08:14pm
Fazil U r rite.. !!!!! And not to forget our PM Dr. Manmohan Singh who is also from a minority community..
Surya
Apr 25, 2012 05:27pm
Very true.. I always check DAWN for India news :). Thanks DAWN for bringing this news.
Adil Jadoon
Apr 27, 2012 02:34pm
Nice article. Much better then the Bollywood nonsense usually reported. Hard work and patience never go unrewarded.
ss verma
Apr 25, 2012 03:24am
This article goes to prove that Dawn is a newspaper for the sub continent and not confined to Pakistan!
Prakash Rao
Apr 25, 2012 07:35am
Thanks for publishing the story about Ms. Tessy Thomas. Even though I read about her in local Newspapers and TV channels, it did surprise me to see the article about her in Dawn. May I should not have been surprised instead expected it to happen. The rate at which Dawn is getting popular in India you should have an Edition printed from some city in India. Your circulation will surpass other leading papers of India. I am from Hyderabad, India and I know for certain there is no discrimination against women or pampering of women because of their sex. I see many women of various religions working alongside men in all organizations like banks, Government offices, private companies, railways, Army, Navy, Air force and even in local buses as drivers and conductors. I am sure it is same in other countries of Subcontinent like, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Srilanka. Only difference may be in visibility and density in each country. It is high time we do not see achievers as men, women, Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Sikh. Any achiever is there because of his/her own capability. Of course equal opportunities should be made available to all irrespective of sex and religion.
Sharad Jha
Apr 25, 2012 07:40am
Proud of you Dawn...
Vijay
Apr 28, 2012 12:24am
Hi Sivaram Please find it in The Hindu as below: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school...
Gan
Apr 25, 2012 08:47am
It acts as a deterrence. now China will think twice before pressing the button. Same is with India and Pakistan. There will be no war (at least large scale) between the two countries.
Salim
Apr 24, 2012 01:47pm
In the past, Pakistani newspapers never report Indian successes in the field of science, especially India's successful satellite launches were always blacked out by pakistani media. I think now things are slowly changing. Congrats.
RR Iyer
Apr 25, 2012 09:27pm
Dear Editor: I wish to comment on Scientist Tessy Thomas, President Abdul Kalam on a more personal note. In the early 1950's, my grandfather Mr. C. Rajam created Madras Institute of Technology (MIT, India) for teaching advanced technology to all Indians before Indian IIT's were created. Mr. Rajam was a poor orphan at 16, who rose to be a leading industrialist of Chennai and gave back a large portion of his wealth to India. Dr. Kalam, a son of a fisherman from South India, was trained at MIT India in the same institute. That Dr. Kalam, a Muslim who read the Bhagwad Gita; and his disciple, Ms. Thomas became India's Missile Man and Missile Woman, is a 60-year story that has finally borne fruit. There is a parallel story at Dawn. Formed by Quaid-e-Azam Mr. Jinnah as its first Editor, it remains a shining beacon for journalism in Pakistan. Recently, one of its investigative journalists was sadly murdered in the performance of his duties- a tragic situation crying for redress! Dawn has never failed to highlight a truly emancipated view of Modern Pakistan. I wish the tremendous talents of Indians and Pakistanis be brought together in common cause for the welfare-as opposed to narrow interests- of people in both countries-especially the downtrodden, who really have no voice and yet suffer its worst consequences. The future of both countries--as I have witnessed by meeting many Pakistanis all over the world- is very bright if we curb our sectarian impulses and move to higher planes of advanced civilized behavior. In this regard, my family had started a venture during former PM Benazir Bhutto's tenure called "Indo-Pakistan Physicians for Peace" but the organization could get no support from political and intellectual parties. The time has come for people of intelligence to band together for a better future for both countries. The comments from Pakistanis and Indians-as shown above-provide me with hope for a better future! Best wishes, RR Iyer
Gaurav Arya
Apr 24, 2012 02:57pm
Tessy Thomas was trained by APJ Kalam, the man who put India on the global missile map. India has many problems and their complexity is staggering. But we have many islands of excellence. One such island is Tessy, the missile woman. It makes me immensely happy that Tessy (a catholic) and Kalam (a Muslim) stand out. Every time India staggers under the weight of negetive world opinion, people like Kalam and Tessy put their heads down and go to work.
Arun
Apr 25, 2012 07:24am
Great mam, u made us proud. Congratulations Dawn for your unbiased coverage. Hope this article helps encourage the women of Pakistan too.
Devendra
Apr 24, 2012 02:44pm
Proud of you Tessy, but that is not so uncommon in India. Indian women are beating the pants of Indian men in lots of fields. Thank You DAWN. Proud of you too. There is none like you in India, unfortunately.
P.B.V.Rajan
Apr 24, 2012 02:47pm
Your story on Indian women missile scientist has done more PR for Pakistan than the recent statement of your PM Gilani about "end of all wars era" that generated so much bad remarks in Times of India. It is an excellent Media strategy for Pak media, even when the story is sourced from AFP. In fact if you run a series of stories on India's economic success especially in the last 10 years, when Pakistan crumbled internally, you will find unexpected friends and supporters in India for Dawn at least, if not for Pakistani people. P.B.V.Rajan fm Chennai, India
Devendra
Apr 24, 2012 02:40pm
There is a saying in the US Navy which they use often on the aircraft cariers,"Pull your head out of your AH." You need to breath fresh air. Good Luck.
Mir Jehan Zeb
Apr 24, 2012 02:36pm
Wow! Congratulations to all things Indian.
Balam
Apr 24, 2012 02:35pm
India is a great country to give equal opportunities to minorities.Dawn should be congratulated for high lighting that for Pakistan to learn something.
kanwal
Apr 24, 2012 02:34pm
And the point of your comment is????? I guess nothing. I hope you did nt take the meaning of "hunger" and "poverty" literally? Looks like you did.
Ram Teckchandani
Apr 24, 2012 03:31pm
I am avid reader of Dawn, which is not biased, and enjoy commentaries of Mr. IIfran Hussain, whose writing is completely unbiased, he will call a spade a spade, and is a courage's journalist. Well done Dawn, you have a lot of readership among Indians, we Indians have similar problems as you, but we are more secular.
miramshah
Apr 24, 2012 03:29pm
Worst male to female ratio in the world: India
Saurabh
Apr 24, 2012 03:31pm
She is in news several times... cnnibn has her interview too...
bhujang patil
Apr 24, 2012 03:23pm
So more death, more destruction, more blood, more terror, and more tyranny...congratulations all organized religions ....congratulations colonist from the West ....congratulations <put whatever you fancy>
Vinod
Apr 24, 2012 02:33pm
And what about your country? As if you people have not had tested and garnered any arsenal...
Andy
Apr 24, 2012 04:06pm
It's the same as possessing nuclear weapons. It helps boost any country's credible deterrence hughely by merely possessing such sophisticated missiles. Any of our hostile neighbours would think a trillion times before attacking us, which in turn brings stability and peace in the region which has a cascading effect on the economy. This is a lost argument and has been debated umpteen number of times.
Subhash
Apr 24, 2012 04:10pm
I have retired from the Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) and the culture and atmosphere in DRDO and ISRO is similar. From my experience I can state that women are invariably pampered in these organizations and minorities are generally given importance. If a woman is a minority member, it follows, that she receives a VIP treatment. In the high tension politics played by various communities like Bengalis, Malyalis, Telgus, Tamils, North Indians etc, minority and/or gender factor acts as a regulating force.
Praveen Mathur
Apr 24, 2012 02:28pm
By preventing war, so national resources could be used for welfare schemes rather than fighting unnecessary war.
Surendran
Apr 24, 2012 03:58pm
You are right. We need to appreciate our women, whoever they are for their service to nation and at home.!!! But In india, the journalist writes about women only when they get molested or raped. Shame on you indian journalism. Well done brother from other side.
NYC Indian
Apr 24, 2012 04:17pm
Agree with you - Dawn is a class act. The Hindu is a balanced newspaper out of India.
Kuldip
Apr 24, 2012 07:30pm
...and that shows true class !! Hats off to you Ashan; wish there are more like you on both sides.
Kamaljit Singh
Apr 24, 2012 03:52pm
thank you Khan sahib, I am too proud of Pakistanis who have such large hearts.May God bless Pakistan India and Bangladesh .
Mahajan
Apr 25, 2012 05:35am
A wonderful gesture Dawn. True to spirit. There is hope that both India and Pakistan can get to gether and look at the larger picture that bedevils the sub-continent., poverty, hunger, and war. Thank you Dawn
Harambe Singh
Apr 24, 2012 01:47pm
I dont go to samachar.com, so dont know, but definitely other newspapers had it day after the test -- starting with rediff
Saurabh
Apr 24, 2012 03:49pm
Its ironic but true that in present times weapons of mass destruction are preventing wars... even a single attached would cause so much damage that in economic terms its cost is immeasurable, hence to reduce gap with china (which hold 10k km range missile) India has to put something forward. Now the praise is definitely not for making a weapon of mass destruction rather than achieving a pinnacle in this field plus making India more balance with mighty neighbour. And now the pressure is on Pakistan to deliver something soon.
Samar
Apr 25, 2012 05:24am
Arjun same can be said for the other side. Pakistan has many flaws, it would be foolish and ignorant to say otherwise. Same is true for India, you are ignorant if you deny that. You cannot say everything is perfect 'live and let live' just because one woman did an exceptional job. And the paranoia in India regarding ISI and Pak military and everything else and exaggeration of atrocities in Pakistan in your media is also misguiding. Everything you said goes both way, should accept that.
Zeeshan
Apr 25, 2012 06:04am
Opening Dawn to commentators will turn this newspaper to be another ugly platform witnessed elsewhere in Pakistani newspapers. You don't see Pakistanis commenting in the Hindu or TOI, but you'll see Indians here with their usual patronizing remarks about Pakistan. Maybe Dawn should consider shutting down the comment section and leave the discussion to be done elsewhere (maybe blogs)?
ramesh ng
Apr 25, 2012 05:16am
Hi Dawn - your article should make more women to dominate such critical innovation so that all innovations will be for peaceful purpose when headed by women than for destructive purposes - I pray in the interest of the younger generations, there should not be an opportunity to such innovations for destructions.
Zubair
Apr 24, 2012 01:51pm
What more can I say about the future of our country? A WOMAN from a MINORITY community .......... This should make every Indian immensely proud. While our National news sites are busy publishing the 'oops moments' of Bollywood starlets, DAWN has decided to do something more meaningful. Well done !!
John D'Souza
Apr 25, 2012 05:18am
I am a reader from Udupi, Karnataka, India, who has been reading Dawn.com since atleast a decade. I was thrilled to see a article and that too on a subject like defence and most improtantly about a Woman. This shows people to people contact is intact between the two countries and all the defference is left to politicians for their very survival!. Keep up the good work Dawn and all the very best.
ESpad
Apr 25, 2012 04:44am
It is not the job of scientists to "help" the poor. Politicians who are elected by the poor and collect taxes from the rich are required to "lift" people out of their poverty by educating them and providing jobs by growing the economy. Scientists contribute to the growth of the economy through their discoveries. The Indian satellite program has helped in vastly improving telecom, TV, internet and communication services. To launch these satellites, powerful rockets had to be designed. Intercontinental ballistic missiles are technologically similar to satellite launch rockets except that they have to be protected from intense heat while re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The value of the Indian atomic energy, space and missile programs to the "poor" is thus immense !!
ProudIndian
Apr 24, 2012 02:27pm
Indian Head: Sonia Gandhi Indian President: Pratibha Patil Bengal Chief Minister: Mamta Tamil Chief Minister: JayLalita UP CM : Mayawati (Just lost election) And almost all male leaders are remotely controlled by their wives. India was never been male-dominated. In fact, I would rather say: Female dominated
M A Hussain
Apr 24, 2012 02:17pm
So more death, more destruction, more blood, more terror, and more tyranny...congratulations India.
ashok
Apr 24, 2012 02:15pm
First of all in a country where Gurdwaras,Mandirs have every day Lungers open for everybody,how could ever sleep hungry is beyond me.Only person in India will die of hunger who either do not have streangth or desire to walk to a gudawara or a Templeand mind it there are millions of temples and gurdwaras which open lungers for every body regardless of their religeous affiliations.
Gireesh
Apr 24, 2012 02:13pm
In my opinion, to get a real picture of India it is better to read a news paper which is not published from India and the best place is Dawn.com.
Amit
Apr 25, 2012 06:47am
So Kanwal...u mean to say spend all of your money on poverty, hunger and development. And let the security of thus developed state and people be on mercy of your enemies. You look like to have a very myopic vision about bigger things like running a country. It is always a balance between funds you spend on things. India spends less that 2% of its GDP on defence. And if poors and hunger are not going anywhere it not because we spent all the money on missiles. It has many more reasons like corruption, poor planning and vision. There is enough money allocated to those areas and only thing missing is proper execution.
samir
Apr 24, 2012 02:10pm
well you are not paying attention. Mrs Thomas has been covered extensively in indian tv and newspapers. Dawn is a great newspaper though - though Indian i often prefer it to reading Indian newspapers onine.
Muhammad Ahmed Mufti
Apr 24, 2012 02:07pm
Good question! They are designing devices that will the hunger problem for good. It is sickening to see how someone has been praised for designing the tools for death and destruction. BTW the impression that the whole missile program was brain child of this person is laughable. Those who are in this field know this very well.
Abdul
Apr 26, 2012 04:36am
Well done, Dawn.
S Rajendran
Apr 25, 2012 06:34am
As a regular reader of the web-edition of Dawn, congratulations on your unbiased coverage of India. I deeply regret that whenever I run into well informed Pakistanis in Europe and America, the first question they ask me is how is that I am a Christian in a nation run by "Hindu fanatics". Nowhere in the world do we have religious freedom as in India and I am really proud of Indian secularism which the majority community, the Hindus have the primary role. I do hope Pakistan follows Indian tolerance and I know it is going to be difficult.
malik100
Apr 24, 2012 07:09pm
Seems like Dawn is more popular in India than Pakistan. Keep it up Dawn.
Fazil
Apr 24, 2012 07:13pm
So in India after the 'missile man' (and ex-President) Abdul Kalam, we have 'missile woman' Tessy Thomas, both from minority communities. Where is Pakistan's Abdus Salaam, also from a minority community?
S. Subrahmanyam
Apr 25, 2012 02:46am
If only Afiya Siddiqui had not taken a wrong turn in life, maybe she could be a Nobel Laureate in neurosciences!
BRR
Apr 25, 2012 02:45am
I wish Dr. Abdus Salaam had been Indian, he would have been celebrated for what he was, a scientist, and a human being.
Tamil Arasan
Apr 24, 2012 09:14am
I don't understand you DAWN!!! what is the point in mentioning "male-dominated India" - now there is no discrimination in India against any one, if a women is talented she can reach to any height, many top business houses are run by women in India today, so I believe you can remove that tag line "male-dominated India" , because my state is headed by a women Chief Minister...
BRR
Apr 25, 2012 02:41am
Many Indians, who are Hindus, would give an arm and a leg to be in the presence of Dr. Kalam. He is so highly regarded, that he is neither a Muslim nor a Hindu nor anything, he is just that - a human being and an Indian.
Gunjan
Apr 24, 2012 05:12pm
Great article. So proud of Ms. Thomas. And though women are beating the hell out of men in all kinds of field in India, it's more out of accident of birth in a progressive family, and not because of incredible support from the society. I thank god (though I don't believe in one, ironic) that I was born in a very liberal family and not somewhere foeticide/infanticide are prevalent. And seriously people if you have such a problem with news sites like TOI, NDTV etc, that just talk about Bollywood or succumb to "sansanikhez" journalism, go read The Hindu. I read Dawn everyday, but it doesn't come close to the Hindu on unbiased journalism/opinion/language.
srinivasa
Apr 25, 2012 04:17pm
I am everyday reader of hindu and dawn.... infact both THE HINDU and DAWN collaborated in publishing the documents on wikileaks... but as far as literature and quality is considered HINDU stands way forward, its one of the oldest news papers in INDIA it was started in 1872, it has come of an age... but DAWN also has the same caliber in pakistan...
Dinesh
Apr 24, 2012 04:33pm
I find references to her religion (minority etc) in the comments unfortunate. I am a Hindu atheist and work with Christians all the time. In workplaces in the cities, the issue of religion never comes up. Though it is different with muslims who shove their religion into almost any interaction. Either by dressing up differently or by beard or by just being awkward. She may be a Christian, but I don't care. She is an Indian and a woman. Hurray! I hope one of the girls in my family designs a bigger and better bomb :)
manghirmalani
Apr 24, 2012 10:12am
As Prof . I like to say best of luck to India ...
Raveesh Varma
Apr 24, 2012 01:00pm
Congratulations Ms. Thomas! You are an inspiration to engineers everywhere. Best of luck in your future endeavours.
Danu Chellappa
Apr 24, 2012 04:32pm
I have been an admirer and a reader of dawn for a decade and more.You have authers like IIfran Hussain whom I adore.The closest in comparision to Dawn in India is The Hindu of Chennai in my humble opinion.
Zeeshan Shamsi
Apr 24, 2012 09:43am
Dawn News continues to be the leader on objective and unbiased journalism, and a hard to find gem in the media world of the Sub Continent. Wonderful and informative reporting.
Krishna V
Apr 24, 2012 09:25am
Dawn Newspaper... truly a liberal, progressive, apolitical, non-religious, non-biased newspaper following journalism ethics.. Compared to our Indian counterparts like NDTV, Times of India, CNN-IBN which are acting as mouth-piece of congress government.. Our newspapers won't leave any opportunity to publish biased stories in favour of Congress..
Ashok
Apr 24, 2012 09:39am
I am a regular to your online edition. Its very refreshing and gives unbiased news to everybody. Most newspapers in India give biased views to every news. Dawn rocks.
murali
Apr 25, 2012 02:27am
The media world has to be thankful to have DAWN in it. Really proud of you. please accept my deepest sense of gratitude for having reported what it is, as it is and most importantly providing a platform for some of the brightest minds of the subcontinent to share their views. Some times I get Jealous for not having one like you in India.
Mosood
Apr 26, 2012 06:59pm
Not to forget Indian Vice President also from minority community.
sridhar
Apr 24, 2012 12:56pm
I cant believe i read this article via Dawn - havent seen this in any indian news paper - samachar.com -
Hasan
Apr 24, 2012 04:31pm
Science is science for both men and wormen As women are a big minority in man's world any achievement under a woman is a big news. It was perhaps no news if a man was incharge of this project.
Someone
Apr 24, 2012 08:48pm
Still waiting for any Indian paper to print something even remotely positive of Pakistan....
Aniket
Apr 24, 2012 08:35pm
No, Hyder. One of the root causes for Pakistan's problems is unequal treatment for women and minorities. Once women and minorities, especially women, get their due position, the intellectual and emotional quotient of the country will change and then the decision taken by the country and its people will be more sensible and logical.
Abhiram
Apr 24, 2012 08:30pm
Many Indians have expressed amazement at how Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper has carried this article while Indian counterparts (at least the ones that are popularly surfed) have not. And I concede it is distressing, to say the least, seeing how mainstream media in India is obsessed with bollywood and cricket - when it is not busy being highly elitist, ie. catering to a microcosm of anglophone urban India. However, amidst all this shower of praise on Dawn (well deserved), one also infers that such news items are appealing to the Pakistani readership as the country is far more steeped in military thought than is India. While I don't advise that Pakistan should descend to showing interest only in cricket and Lollywood, stepping down a rung or two from its current obsession with all things military is hugely welcome. Could this begin with the english language media for starters...
cssingh
Apr 24, 2012 10:32am
After Times of India I read DAWN daily and go through it.Keep it up Dawn.Excellent work --unbiased.Besides I am from Fiji I also go through Fiji Times and Fijilive news plus BBC news---------well done DAWN
Global Indian
Apr 24, 2012 07:28pm
I mean, M A hussain is talking about his country Pakistan
P.Mishra
Apr 25, 2012 12:40pm
While thanking Dawn for creating awareness about Indian scintists, I wonder why the religion or faith is given so much importance? Ms Thomas is an Indian lady. Is it not that enough for her identity. Out constitution does not discriminate citizens on the basis of their faith which is no doubt a huge advantage for us.. You can see number of talented celebrities from Minority communities. Luckily non of the Indian news papers have given importance to her faith till date. We are proud she is an Indian. Dr Abul Kalam is revered in India for his patriotism and dedication to the space science. He is an icon for the youth . In which way it matters what is his religion? It will neither enhance not bring down his reputation by emphasising his faith.
Rahul
Apr 24, 2012 07:45pm
No one said whole missile program was her idea and you don't need to be an expert to know or understand that. She was the project director of Agni-V missile and there were many male scientists who worked under her. It is about praising this woman who have lead team of scientists which had mostly male scientists. There are very few Indian women working in this field. Broaden your thinking-don't shrink it.
rameshm
Apr 24, 2012 07:40pm
Correct..if DAWN could use " 1 woman stood up as missile woman in 1.2 billion people . The article could have looked decent and inspiration for women of the whole region and also growing and rising female generation too.
Alpesh
Apr 24, 2012 06:51pm
No Mr.Hussain this is detterant which is viceversa to your thinking
Puneet
Apr 24, 2012 06:54pm
Apparently, india can't control if the child born would be a male or female, I guess pakistan with its latest technology and liberal laws is able to control that (polygamy). all the best..
Gautam
Apr 25, 2012 01:41am
One day, Some day, it may possibly, theoretically, wishfully, ARGUABLY come true. Aameen !
Prakash Rao
Apr 25, 2012 12:53pm
Dear Mr. Zeeshan, You should be happy that many in India are interested in reading Pakistani newspapers. They are interested in developments in Pakistan. If the readers from India comment on current issues or subjects of interest there is nothing patronizing about it. People want to share their views with others and also see their name in print. I hope you will appreciate the comments from across the border without prejudice . With best Wishes, Prakash
Aarav
Apr 25, 2012 08:06pm
We like Dawn because it presents an unbiased view about events in Pakistan
Sekar, USA
Apr 25, 2012 01:32am
Dawn has always maintained a balance reporting across the border news which not one Indian news organization can match. Dawn has also been courageously reporting not so flattering stories in Pakistan. Many courageous journalists are reporting under far more intimidating conditions than most Indian journalists. Some have paid a heavy price. Keep up the good work Dawn.
Anil Kumar
Apr 25, 2012 01:22am
Proud of you .
arin
Apr 26, 2012 02:35am
try "The Hindu", good news presentation like Dawn's :)
Pratap gupta
Apr 25, 2012 12:33am
I am an American citizen of Indian origin.I read Dawn new everyday in my I pad. I love this papers impartiality in report about India and Pakistan.also great blogs . please keep up the good work .I wish India and Pakistan good luck and great success. I am from Lucknow and had many Muslim friends during mydays in medical college. Love story about Tessy Thomas. Pratap
ADsilva
Apr 24, 2012 04:41pm
Beauty of Secularism. Roman Catholic who used to work for Muslim scientist delived a successful missile lauch for a COUNTRY whoes PM is Sikh. Even USA can take leaf from this. No wonder this Great Nation lead the path of humanity, peace and love.
NASAH (USA)
Apr 25, 2012 12:05am
I beg to differ from the majority view here on this blog. The missiles and the nukes are white elephants -- they are financially immoral for the impoverished countries like India and Pakistan to gobble up precious national resources -- when the two countries are faced with myriads of unattended basic problems hunger education healthcare infrastructure sanitation. These financial blackholes are totally useless even as deterrents -- nobody has or ever will dare to start a nuclear war even if they are economically solvent and well off with thousands of ICBMs and thousands of nuclear heads -- if 99.95% of the world countries including Canada, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and Australia can live safely without this so called deterrent -- so can Pakistan and India. There is nothing to be proud of the weapons of mass destruction for the third world countries about an abomination of the cold war days.
Dr. Prudent Injeeli
Apr 24, 2012 11:39am
See when given an opportunity what minorities can do. Think majority of Pakistan, think.
sivaram
Apr 24, 2012 11:47pm
KUDOs to Dawn for having brought this information to light. I am an Indian and read "Dawn" every day as well as Samachar from our country. Alas! Neither my vernacular newspaper (Hyderabadi- Telugu) nor Samachar brought out this excellent piece of news to the public who are happy, inspired and felt proud to see a woman with her household duties could excel in what she does without sacrificing her balance between family and work. Once again - thank you DAWN for your unbiased news coverage. Let us be bold and make it known to everyone and tell them what we feel right until they hear us.
Ahsan Naeem
Apr 24, 2012 11:32am
admiration for the lady from a die-hard Pakistani patriot!
Alam K
Apr 25, 2012 11:58am
So many comments , mostly from Indian readers of DAWN , is bit baffling. Does n't Indian press publish the news worth reading?
Mohan
Apr 25, 2012 12:25pm
Alam K Why are you getting pissed off. Is it because you can not tolerate anything good happening in India. I will be very happy if Pakistan progresses in all fronts and get rid of cancer of fanatic religious mentality from its society. I believe that it will help India to prosper further. You are free to comment on Indian newspapers.
gheribaat
Apr 24, 2012 11:20am
Excellent! I must say that a modern women manages her work n home duties with dignity and respect. Thats a sign of a modern women in my point of view!
Rajeev
Apr 24, 2012 11:12am
Congrates Dawn for such a wonderful article. I hope this article will bring hope and motivation for the women across the border to contribute in the development of their country.
Prat29
Apr 25, 2012 09:39pm
It is certainly not a biased newspaper like other in Pakistan n in India . Reading and following Dawn is a daily thing for me . A great piece of journalism with flavor and Multi-Dimensional approach . Some of the Indian Journalism should take a lesson from Dawn .
a s ahmed
Apr 24, 2012 11:01pm
India treats its citrizen's equally, their prime minister ia Sikh, Chief of Army is a Sikh (minority community). As oppose to Pakistan minorities are barred from high political, military positions. When are we going to be a civilized nation?
Asian
Apr 26, 2012 04:57am
And the the most powerful person, the president of India, is a lady.
karachishehar
Apr 24, 2012 10:54pm
Nothing sensitive about it, Pakistan is a very open society.
vishal
Apr 24, 2012 01:31pm
yes tessy thomas you have done it. u r a role model for every indian. u still have to do a lot more for ur country.
nishant
Apr 25, 2012 12:09pm
as an indian i m proud of her...also no comparing dawn with indian newspapers. dawn is really good!
shyam
Apr 24, 2012 04:47pm
Seems like we have upset some peace loving Pakistanis.
mehmoona
Apr 24, 2012 10:47pm
agreed tolerance , and achievement come with education..no surprises here as kerala boasts the best ltieracy rate in india
Sandip
Apr 24, 2012 07:00pm
TOI is not a newspaper dear. It's a tabloid.
mehmoona
Apr 24, 2012 10:44pm
i disagree, you mentioned 6 females out of a nation of 1billion..that in itself is statement of gender bias
Ahmed
Apr 24, 2012 10:39pm
ur wrong dude. DAWN has always published world news, even in the past.
Jaffer
Apr 24, 2012 06:24pm
My hats-off to the lady. Amazing story! From a die-hard pakistani patriot
Zulfi Rash
Apr 24, 2012 06:26pm
Look at your backyard, where woman are disfigured with acid, beaten and what not. You have the gutts to comment on her success. You ought to be ashamed of your comments or would you say rather jealous?
Prat29
Apr 25, 2012 09:27pm
It is certainly not a biased newspaper like other in Pakistan & in India . Reading and following Dawn is a daily thing for me. A great piece of journalism with flavor and Multi-Dimensional approach . Some of the Indian Journalism should take a lesson from Dawn . Keep it up .
Krishna
Apr 24, 2012 06:29pm
Interesting. I could read this article through DAWN; while Indian media talks more on Cricket and degenerative Bollywood. Thanks dawn.
Samar
Apr 24, 2012 06:32pm
Tamil Arasan, Pakistan happen to have female prime minister, female NA speaker, female foreign minister, female jet fighters, female business heads, female high court judges etc also. But yet I would call Pakistan a 'male dominated country'. It doesn't matter how many female leaders we have, our culture and society generally involves more male participation and a larger role in almost everything and hence the term 'dominated'. We have to go a long way before a woman gets absolute equal treatment (not getting those stares for starters). --- From a female civil engineer in Pakistan.
nawroz khan
Apr 24, 2012 12:03pm
We Pakistanis are proud of her
arjun
Apr 24, 2012 06:07pm
India story is simple..live and let live. In the mean time, many Pakistanis are misguided by the exaggeration of atrocities in India. Either way..it is Pakistan that has lost in believing such stories. Accepting that other religion or country as great as you follow is such a hard thing for muslims and Pakistanis in general. It is as if you are insecure already.
Ashish
Apr 24, 2012 04:28pm
In Pakistan we are also expected the same. Equal rights for minority and woman
Mohan
Apr 25, 2012 11:45am
I feel proud that father of our missile programme is Muslim and this ICBM project was lead by a CHRISTIAN lady and people may not know the fact that she is married to a HINDU. Can you find this amalgamation of religion anywhere in the world. This is because we think of ourselves INDIAN first and religion is secondary. Very important lesson for Pakistan and other muslim countries, if they want to learn but I doubt they will......
Manzoor Elahi
Apr 24, 2012 10:30pm
Yes Sir, Dawn is popular. Good journalism doesn't have boundaries my friend.
Jabberwacky
Apr 24, 2012 06:01pm
To all those who say what it means to the poor and hungry?.. i'll tell u.. the last time we were rich and india was known as 'Golden bird' or sone ki chidia and didnt gave to much attention to threats and war.. Foreign rulers came and looted us.. Killed us.. Raped us.. Converted us.. etc.. It has not happened once not twice but many times before.. We are not that stupid to repeat that. Period.
Proud Indian Male
Apr 26, 2012 03:59pm
Absolutely and terribly right. I come from a family of very successful females who really had to struggle to get aplace in the sun.
raghu
Apr 24, 2012 05:57pm
BBC posted an identical article if not similar........anyway i think ideas are not hard to generate.
Ahmad
Apr 24, 2012 05:57pm
I am a Pakistani. I will like to see Pakistani women in her shoes, bright and brilliant.
Sohail
Apr 24, 2012 12:31pm
No way
Sohail Rehan
Apr 24, 2012 12:33pm
I will admire this lady scientist only if she delivers for the well being of poor public of India. She use the term of "Missiles as instruments for peace" is quite ironic. To whom she try to make fool?????
KDP
Apr 24, 2012 05:35pm
It is far better and safe to develop devices that might be used for killing than brain washing human beings in becoming suicide killing machines because once a human becomes a killing machine he/she cannot be stopped . Devices can be under our control.
vicky
Apr 24, 2012 12:23pm
proud of her
CA. Kashyap Kishor Mishra
Apr 26, 2012 06:04am
...nice reporting!
Ajaya K Dutt
Apr 24, 2012 09:38pm
Congratulation to Ms Thomas. I would also like to mention about my sister, third lady graduate from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology in Patiala. My father was really concerned about her when she joined engineering college. She was honored as highest lady technical executive in city of Los Angles in Year of Women celebrations. She is 2nd most successful in our family of engineers. Congratulations to India also. Shine of India is because everybody can avail the opportunity irrespective of Caste, Creed, Color, Class and of course Gender. I used to think that United States would have more respect and open opportunities for women but I was surprised. I personally thought that in India women are respected more than United States.
Manu
Apr 24, 2012 06:29am
Well done, we Indians are proud of you.
Shilpa
Apr 24, 2012 01:40pm
Thank You dawn for this coverage...we are proud of her and I am a fan of Dawn and a regular reader coz of its coverage..I am full of admiration for this newspaper.On the contrary ur counterparts in India eg Times of India etc are no match and are mostly mouth pieces of the government....I am amused at the variety and quality of news items u have to offer..All unbaised coverage...Kudos..Keep it up..
Suresh
Apr 24, 2012 09:28pm
And that is what she said "In Indian culture" She did not refer to her religion.
EssJay
Apr 24, 2012 12:29pm
Well done, Ms. Thomas. Well done, Dawn.
rajiv
Apr 24, 2012 12:55pm
i am really amazed at the fact that this article is in Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper. KUDOS TO THE EDITOR WHO DECIDED TO PUBLISH THIS ARTICLE. I really salute you. rajiv
r.s.soni
Apr 24, 2012 09:28am
very well wrtten it is stimulating for all the women of the subcontinent.. i read first dawn and then toi.
krishgovind
Apr 24, 2012 09:29am
My admiration for the Dawn for highlighting an woman achiever from a remote southern part of the country. Ms. Tessi Thomas hails from state of Kerala, a perfect incubator state to provide catalysis for people for forge ahead. A place with remarkable mixture of culture with Hindus, Muslims and Christians peacefully coexisting. Prides it self as "God's own country" Kerala social index like distribution wealth, literacy, deep political consciousness, gender equality etc are equal if not more than many advanced countries.
suresh
Apr 24, 2012 09:18pm
Good work Dawn.Yes Indian newspapers do not carry such reports on Pakistan.This is healthy journalism.
Concerned Indian
Apr 24, 2012 05:02pm
Please start reading "The Hindu". It is on par with Dawn.
Amit
Apr 24, 2012 08:31am
We are proud of you..!! Women power rocks..!!
raj
Apr 24, 2012 08:34am
Well done Dawn...Kudos to your level of journalism and ability to bring cross boder insights that some times can be sensitive ! Your Indian counterparts (ToI and likes) are quite lost in picking all wrong stuff both at home or cross-border ! A cross-border admirer ! Raj
kanwal
Apr 24, 2012 08:53am
Exactly how these scientists are helping the hungry and the poor?
Surya
Apr 28, 2012 06:39am
Go and advice to P-5 countries..This one is not for Pakistan..
Ashwin Trivedi
Apr 28, 2012 07:59am
The spirit prevailed and the border faded when the Dawn recognized the young woman's brilliance that dazzled the border between a man and a woman. May it be that the Dawn and Ms. Thomas are writing a history of a new era.
gtm
May 01, 2012 03:06am
Hyder Ali Sahab, We have a saying in Sanksrit, used to conclude all gatherings and similar events, called a shantipathaaa; sarve bhavantu sukhinAH may every one be happy sarve santu nirAmayAH may every one be free from all diseases sarve bhadrANi pashyantu may every one see goodness and auspiciousness in every thing mA kaschit duHkha bhAg bhavet may none be unhappy or distressed This is strongly ingrained in the Indian psyche, to wish that everyone does well, and enjoys peace, good fortune and happiness equal to one's own. And we wish that for Pakistan, and for the UK, as well. As the Buddha asked us, "How many enemies can you kill? Can you destroy, instead, the concept of Enmity itself?" What do you think? Om shantih, shantih, shantih-Om peace, peace, peace! May all be happy, may all be free from sickness, may all see things good, and may none have misery. Om peace, peace, peace!
gtm
May 01, 2012 03:20am
Dawn's standard of journalism is superb. The numerous articles, and especially, the multimedia spreads on India are a real treat. In comparison, the English language press of India, including the Hindu and Frontline, collectively has turned into a pile of illiterate, unimaginative, poorly edited and partisan trash. Cricket, movies and politics give it life, or perhaps business, all flavored with a coarse wannabe Western outlook, and a deep shame at being desi. What a poisonous mindset, down to this brown sahib mentality! The English press in Pakistan, and even the television, including the saner elements of the Urdu channels, demonstrate a polish, professionalism and excellence that Indian media should certainly study, and use to correct their own glaring, shameless idiocies. I have noticed that invited guests never once interrupt each other in a panel discussion on Pakistani TV, something that Indian anchors need to learn about on-air etiquette; perhaps I have been watching the more dignified Pakistani channels, and the rabble-rousers might well exist! Anyway, Dawn is an exceptional treasure, and I pray it goes from strength to strength.
gtm
May 01, 2012 03:31am
Does the enhancement of some positive feelings, for whatever reason they come about, in this broken world of ours not a cause for cheer? Or should they merit a snarky put-down because such efforts appear politically incorrect to you, and have not furthered enmity and bitterness, the cups you choose to quaff and worship?
vijay
Apr 29, 2012 04:54am
Hi Dawn I have read articles from other papers which are merely race, communal, secretarian and mostly state based. But your standard of journalism is high. Whether it be Marathi, Gujrati, Punjabi, Tamil' Telegu, Muslim etc at the end of the day we all are human beings. Good to stay away from racialism.
Nikhil
Jun 11, 2012 10:40am
I have few doubts about this article..First of all you mentioned her religion that is Roman catholic...you shouldnt have used this word..it looked like biased..secondaly india is not all male dominated..thanxs
Dev Anand
Aug 01, 2012 12:29pm
First advice the U.S. and other 'developed' countries. They have made a mess of the world financial system and are facing lot of problems. Third world countries know what to do by themselves.