manmohan-afp-608The success of the Indian nuclear program, after being questioned by foreign experts and agencies initially, is now in serious doubt after Indian Nuclear Scientist, S. Santhanam, has said that India should not rush into signing the CTBT as the 1998 tests were far from successful.

India, overwhelmed by their film-industry, has a history of creating great media hype around whatever they do. An example is the failure of the Indian Missile program and the fact that India is now dependent on outside help.

Here is what has been around in the news:

Pokhran II not fully successful: Indian scientist

NEW DELHI: The 1998 Pokhran II nuclear tests might have been far from the success they have been claimed to be. The yield of the thermonuclear explosions was actually much below expectations and the tests were perhaps more a fizzle rather than a big bang.

The controversy over the yield of the tests, previously questioned by foreign agencies, has been given a fresh lease of life with K Santhanam, senior scientist and DRDO representative at Pokhran II, admitting for the first time that the only thermonuclear device tested was a “fizzle”. In nuclear parlance, a test is described as a fizzle when it fails to meet the desired yield.

Santhanam, who was director for 1998 test site preparations, said that the yield for the thermonuclear test, or hydrogen bomb in popular usage, was much lower than what was claimed. Santhanam, who was DRDO’s chief advisor, could well have opened up the debate on whether or not India should sign CTBT as claims that India has all the data required and can manage with simulations is bound to be called into question.

“Based upon the seismic measurements and expert opinion from world over, it is clear that the yield in the thermonuclear device test was much lower than what was claimed. I think it is well documented and that is why I assert that India should not rush into signing the CTBT,” said Santhanam.

He emphasized the need for India to conduct more tests to improve its nuclear weapon programme.

The test was said to have yielded 45 kilotons (KT) but was challenged by western experts who said it was not more than 20 KT.

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_updates.asp?id=85861

And the Indian Prime Minister’s denial only strengthens my belief in the report:

Indian PM denies nuclear ‘fizzle’ claim

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday dismissed doubts raised recently about the success of the country’s nuclear tests in 1998.

Indian nuclear scientist S. Santhanam, who was a director for 1998 nuclear test site preparations, has claimed that the tests were only partially successful and the results were much weaker than what was claimed at the time.

He said the explosions did not yield the desired results as the thermonuclear device tested was a ‘fizzle.’ The statement triggered controversy over India’s nuclear capability but India’s former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who headed the nuclear programme, said the May 1998 Pokhran tests were successful.

‘A wrong impression has been given by some scientists which is needless. Kalam has clarified that the tests were successful,’ Manmohan Singh said during a visit to Rajasthan, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

The tests involving five nuclear devices were conducted by India in May 1998 at the Pokhran test range, an isolated region in the desert state of Rajasthan.— AFP

Source: http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/11-indian-pm-denies–fizzle–claim–il–08

The episode reminds me of the ‘success’ of an Indian at F1 racing and the so-dubbed tennis world champion to be, Sania Mirza. LoL! Yeah, with all due respect, we have to appreciate they’ve got good ‘selling skills’ and that our Indian neighbours are experts at creating a mountain out of a mole.

So this is what it is for now. I’ll try to find out more on this topic and post it here. And of course to those who will post abusive and dirty comments, you can be sure your comments will never get through!

Pakistan Zindabad.