From snake charmers to nuclear arsenals. How did India become a nuclear state?

Beyond The Lines

Today at 15:45 hours India conducted three underground Nuclear tests in the Pokhran range. The tests conducted today were with a fission device, a low yield device and a thermonuclear device. I warmly congratulate the scientists and engineers who have carried out these successful tests”

said Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 11th May, 1998. Two days later on 13th May, 1998 India conducted two more successful nuclear tests. The tests were named “Operation Shakti” after a Goddess.

With this development India became a nuclear power and joined the other seven nations who had publicly declared themselves as a nuclear state.

Smiling Buddha 1974 – A Successful failed attempt!

India had started developing its nuclear programme since W.W.2. but the first successful attempt to make India a nuclear state was achieved on 18 May 1974, after the device was detonated under the leadership of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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