Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Nuclear India

A negative balance sheet - This article in the Times of India on the tenth anniversary of India’s series of nuclear blasts in 1998 in conjunction with Pakistan (yes, this blogger realizes that India’s first nuclear explosion was a “peaceful” one way back in 1974!) revealed something that this blogger wasn’t aware of. The decision to proceed with the nuclear blasts was made by four men, without any cabinet or other input or debate. The four included the prime minister at that time, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, along with three aides (his national security adviser and the heads of the atomic energy and defence R&D organisations). Amazing, that a decision of such import was so closely held.

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