I would suggest another motive:
RELIGION. We may be secular, the others are not. Two thirds of India was put under the SECULAR boot while one third (five provinces) was declared MUSLIM in 1947 without batting an eyelid.
Christians (USA) and Muslims do want a devastating HINDU / BUDDHIST war for obvious reasons.
In a message dated 22/11/2013 21:45:43 GMT Standard Time, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
Here is one example --of which there are so many -- of how the US and its military, backed by the rightist pro Nehru Dynasty press -- are deliberately trying to encourage rivalry between India and China, of which the foundation was laid by Jawaharlal Nehru with his remark,"We shall see which of our two countries is ahead of the other in 50 years", a rivalry of which one finds no trace on the Chinese side. Nothing could be worse for the poor voiceless millions of India. The US has 'honestly' declared that it will not participate in any war, probably nuclear, between India and China; it will restrict itself to growing rich by the sale of weapons, as it did during World Wars I & II. For the racially minded in the USA (like the US boy who proposed paying off the colossal US debt to China by simply killing off all the Chinese) an indo-Chinese nuclear war, by killing millions of Indians and Chinese, would have the additional advantage of rectifying, to some extent, the imbalance between the white and the coloured people in the world's population.
INDIA'S MARS MISSION 'A SYMBOLIC COUP' AGAINST CHINA: US MEDIA
PTI | Nov 6, 2013, 10.10 AM IST
WASHINGTON: India's successful launch of its Mars mission has been described by the mainstream American media as "technological leap" and "a symbolic coup" against China in this field.
"If it succeeds, India's Mars mission would represent a technological leap for the South Asia nation, pushing it ahead of space rivals China and Japan in the field of interplanetary exploration," The Wall Street Journal wrote on Tuesday.
"A successful mission by India's Mars orbiter would make the country the first Asian nation to reach the Red Planet — and provide a symbolic coup as neighbouring China steps up its ambitions in space," the CNN reported, adding that this has given further credence to claims of an intensifying space race developing in Asia, with potentially dangerous ramifications.
"I believe India's leadership sees China's recent accomplishments in space science as a threat to its status in Asia, and feels the need to respond," Dr James Clay Moltz, professor at the US Naval Postgraduate School, told the CNN.
The satellite launched by Isro on Tuesday is expected to enter the Mars orbit next September and is at a significantly lower cost than that of other countries like the United States.
The cost of the Mars mission is USD 73 million, less than a sixth of the amount earmarked for a Mars probe by Nasa that will launched later this month.
The popular National Public Radio (NPR) wrote as to why the India's Mars mission is cheaper than that of the Nasa.
One reason could be the salary of its engineers and scientists, it said.
While the mean annual income for an aeronautical engineer in the United States is just under USD 105,000, the higher end scale for Indian engineers is less than USD 20,000.
"I think labour is the biggest factor, as well as the complexity of the mission.
It takes a whole team of engineers," David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute told NPR.
According to Alexander, it appears that India's main goal is just getting to Mars, and so the probe is carrying "relatively simple" and therefore not-so-expensive instrumentation.
"What the Indians want to know is: Will it survive? And will it get into orbit? I think the hope is that even if it fails, they are going to learn something," he said.
Another expert Professor Russell Boyce of the Australian Academy of Science, chairman of the National Committee for Space and Radio Science, said any scientific gains from the mission is unlikely to prove earth-shattering.
"It would be a modest scientific gain that's attempted in the first instance, to demonstrate the capability," he told the CNN.