The Indian media has habit of exaggerating and diluting the facts. As can be easily seen, the point where he was clarifying about microsat, the video was cut. He is actually is a great systems engineer. Also, one or more places the video seem to be edited where he was clarifying the statements made by the reporter. On one face the media here compares with SpaceX, and tries to provide some relief that we are not far behind and on the other hand criticises the point of Space Missions in a “poor” country. Also, comparison to SpaceX will definitely not be fair as ISRO’s main objective has been in past and still is to develop space technologies only for general good of Indian population, therefore the effort and experience of ISRO is in vastly different and diverse sectors. Many of the technologies were denied by the “Elite” nations and thus has to be developed from scratch here whereas SpaceX utilises the RICH environment and experience and infrastructure of USA.
Just to be clear on facts, it took around 6 months time to develop microsat.
Information Source: Well it was developed/engineered in the same lab while I worked on a different satellite.