'Indian First, Then Tamil': ISRO Chief K Sivan's Old Interview Viral Again after Chandrayaan 2

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Indian Space Research Organisation chairperson Dr Kailasavadivoo Sivan won millions of hearts recently when he responded to an interviewer with the statement, "Firsst of all, I am Indian".

In an interview given in Tamil to Sun TV, Sivan who became a household name in the country last weekend as ISRO maintained its efforts to rebuild contact with the moon lander Vikram after it landed on the lunar surface on Saturday, K Sivan maintained that he joined ISRO as an Indian.

"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. The response came when he was asked if as a Tamil, he had anything to say to the people of Tamil Nadu, owing to his achievements as ISRO's chairperson.

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.

However, not all were impressed by Sivan's proclamation. "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.

K Sivan recently went viral on social media after images an videos of him weeping on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's shoulder as the latter comforted him after ISRO lost contact with the lunar lander were widely shared on news and social media.

As per reports, on Tuesday, ISRO had continued to try and establish contact with the lander which has been lying dormant somewhere on the moon since Saturday. The Chandrayaan 2 Orbiter, as of Wednesday, (fifth day since Vikram reportedly landed on the moon) has not been able to pick up any signals from the lander.