Twitterati on Monday tweeted warm wishes on former Indian Air Force pilot Rakesh Sharma and recalled his feat of becoming the first Indian to go into space in 1984.
#RakeshSharma trended on Twitter, with many users recalling his reply to the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when she asked: “How does India look like from space?” And he famously said: “Saare Jahan Se Achcha.”
Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan tweeted: Best wishes to India”s first space traveller and Ashok Chakra winner Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma. Pray to God to give you a long and healthy life. May you always keep happy. Your contribution to IAF and space programmes is unparalleled.”
Another Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan also tweeted his birthday wishes on similar lines.