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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

India’s Nuclear history - initial years [collection of of documents]

A fine collection of documents have been made public recently by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses [IDSA]. These papers give one a rare & unique insight into the thinking, thought processes, challenges & other aspects of any ambitious venture that India had to overcome in the early years of its Nuclear programme. A treasure trove, particularly for a historian specialising in the history of Nuclear Science, & anybody with interest in India's programme, in general.

These documents have been released in association with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research [TIFR]. Most appropriate, since the seeds of India's Nuclear ambitions were sown & carefully nurtured within the hallowed portals of this institute, dating back to a time even before India gained her independence. It was only much later that centrally-funded Research institutes were set up across India to carry out the necessary tasks, and the centre of gravity of the programme shifted.

Access the documents here: IDSA's Nuclear History Project



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a 50 kiloton Nuclear Weapon explodes in Pakistan, over Rawalpindi [What-if?]

Note: Frequency of updates on the Blog would likely be infrequent for the next 2.5 months. Demands on my offline avatar precluding me from any substantial 'Interwebs activities', other than that necessitated by the offline life.