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Pokhran II: More Fizzle Than Bang?

First K Santhanam and now Homi Sethna have waded into the claims made by R. Chidambaram and APJ Kalam on the yield from Pokhran II tests. V. Sudarshan provided a useful recap a couple of days back in the New Indian Express:

Retired scientists remember how implacably Manmohan Singh was opposed to testing, declaring at a Cabinet political affairs committee meeting which was debating a US suggestion that India float a resolution on the Fissile Material Cut Off Treaty, in the presence of Narasimha Rao, that “1974 was a mistake.”

Should we then believe [R] Chidambaram and Abdul Kalam who should bear responsibility for the way they tailored their advice to their political masters or the current naval chief who, scientists argue, will not be able to tell a nuclear device even if one was sitting right in front of him or even if he recognised one would not be able to distinguish one end of such a device from the other...

However much the Congress titters at the way BJP now quarrels over what really happened at Kandahar it should start worrying seriously at the way our deterrence may have been compromised first inadvertently by the BJP and now deliberately by the UPA.

Read the full article at the New Indian Express

Pokhran II: More Fizzle Than Bang?
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First K Santhanam and now Homi Sethna have waded into the claims made by R. Chidambaram and APJ Kalam on the yield from Pokhran II tests. V. Sudarshan provided a useful recap a couple of days back in the New Indian Express:

Retired scientists remember how implacably Manmohan Singh was opposed to testing, declaring at a Cabinet political affairs committee meeting which was debating a US suggestion that India float a resolution on the Fissile Material Cut Off Treaty, in the presence of Narasimha Rao, that “1974 was a mistake.”

Should we then believe [R] Chidambaram and Abdul Kalam who should bear responsibility for the way they tailored their advice to their political masters or the current naval chief who, scientists argue, will not be able to tell a nuclear device even if one was sitting right in front of him or even if he recognised one would not be able to distinguish one end of such a device from the other...

However much the Congress titters at the way BJP now quarrels over what really happened at Kandahar it should start worrying seriously at the way our deterrence may have been compromised first inadvertently by the BJP and now deliberately by the UPA.

Read the full article at the New Indian Express

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