The genesis of A-SAT was under the Congress. DRDO under the UPA government in 2011 had achieved the capability to neutralise enemy satellites as stated by the then DRDO chief and the former Defence Minister.
In 2007, when China blew up a defunct satellite in its orbit, it was criticised globally, including by India. As a result, India ramped up its own space defence program, but kept it under wraps to avoid international scrutiny. Moreover, to uphold terms of the Outer Space Treaty and to prevent space debris, India under the UPA govt did not engage in space militarisation.
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