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K Santhanam & Ashok Parthasarathi: Pokhran-II: an H-bomb disaster

The failure of India?s sole H-bomb is the latest in DAE and BARC?s long history of being economical with the truth.

The failure of India’s sole H-bomb is the latest in DAE and BARC’s long history of being economical with the truth. Several articles have been written in recent weeks, on the Pokhran tests of 1998 and, in the wake of disclosures about the failure of the test of the thermo-nuclear (TN, or hydrogen bomb) device, the need for further testing. Some of these articles have argued that technical information published by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) does not show that Pokhran-II (or P-2) was unsuccessful; and that there are compelling ...