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The role models who never make it to our textbooks
In 2006, a local Mumbai newspaper splashed a wonderful photograph on its front page. It was of a meeting of some of the scientists who had worked on the Indian nuclear programme in its formative years. They were together to mark 50 years of Apsara, the first nuclear research reactor, in what later became the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. Legend has it that it was Jawaharlal Nehru who named the reactor after the celestial dancers, after he was enthralled by the blue Cerenkov radiation of the nuclear reaction. The caption of that historic photograph was interesting. It described the scientists as “The real Team India".