Santhanam ‘S claim: Pokhran II was a fizzle. It did not produce desired yield.
But Why Now? Why after 11 years of the test?
I do not Doubt Santhanam Integrity. As a scientist, he is free to disagree. The question is why now.
My reason- By making such statement he is trying to create a faction and public opinion that will ensure India does not give up her right to conduct more test (if necessary) by signing some stupid treaty (CTBT)
Dr Kalam Statement: Pokhran II was a success. The desired yield was obtained. However, subsequent review of the test was done by Santhanam. (sic)
So what’s the controversy?
As a science student I might conclude that my observations/experiments were successful but on reviewing it later it may be possible that my inference or deductions can be insufficient.
Dr. Kalam Never ruled out that possibility. And it is not necessary that all scientists may have same opinion about such a complicated test.
So what is a big deal? If Mr. Santhanam feels that the test were not as successful as he thinks…Fine but what does he propose.. Should we conduct more tests? What other alternatives have we got? Are they adequate? What could be the consequences if we go for further testing?
Instead of debating on that we like M 0 R 0 N s are fighting over whether NDA is good or UPA?
Instead of focusing on solutions we always try to rope in new controversy and will fan the fire for vested interests.
No wonder we are called the world’s largest Mobocracy!!!