New Delhi: A few weeks ago, a nuclear scientist from the Defence Research and Development Organisation, K. Santhanam, publicly stated that India’s 1998 Pokhran tests were, quote unquote, a fizzle.
This ignited a storm of controversy that has not entirely been resolved as yet. Some scientists backed Santhanam, some disagreed with him, and the government, naturally, refused to accept any part of his claim.
On the show today, I wanted to examine exactly what Santhanam meant when he talked about the fizzle, whose statements we should be inclined to believe, and what the implication is of a fizzle in 1998.
Our guest on Just to Clarify today is Dr. L. V. Krishnan, a scientist with the Department of Atomic Energy for 40 years, before he retired in 1997.