Several inaccuracies in the claims made by BARC and in the articles published in the press, including The Hindu, on Pokhran-II need to be corrected. We have hard evidence on a purely factual basis, to inform the nation that not only was the yield of the second fusion (H-bomb) stage of the thermonuclear (TN) device tested in May 1998 was not only far below the design prediction made by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), but that it actually failed. Read the article
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Pokhran II: Nailing the lie
Since this is an archival blog of my writings in the newspaper I am working for, I don't normally post articles from elsewhere. But since so much controversy was generated over the article on the failure of the thermonuclear bomb that I am posting this article by K. Santhanam and Ashok Parthasarthy that appeared in The Hindu today. Santhanam was, of course, the field director of the Pokhran tests. He is a nuclear scientist who began his career at the BARC and was then sent to work in a secret organisation to track Pakistan's nuclear activities. Thereafter he surfaced in DRDO from where he coordinated India's nuclear programme from the early 1980s till Pokhran II.