WORDS PRACHI RATHI
JOHN ABRAHAM STARRER PARMANU THAT HIT THE THEATRES LAST WEEK IS BASED ON POKHRAN-2, AN OPERATION OF PURE BRAVERY AND DILIGENCE THAT OUR COUNTRY WILL NEVER FORGET. HERE WE BRING TO YOU SOME UNKNOWN FACTS ABOUT INDIA’S BIGGEST SUCCESSFUL NUCLEAR MISSILE TEST MISSION.
- Smiling Buddha, a secret name given to Pokhran 1 was the 1st successful nuclear bomb test that took place on 18th May 1974 in Pokhran. Operation Shakti, a name given to Pokhran 2 was a series of five nuclear bomb test explosions which were guided by Indian scientists and the Indian National Army.
- During the course of planning and developing the missiles, India saw 3 different reigns of Prime Ministers- V.P Singh, Narasimha Rao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The action took place in full force only after Atal Bihari Vajpayee asked the scientists to make preparations in the shortest time possible in March 1998. Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, scientific advisor and director of DRDO and Dr. R Chidambaram, DAE director were the coordinators of the mission.
- “Prayer Hall” was the name given to the device preparation building where all the devices were brought together. Three shafts were made, namely, White House where Shakti 1 was placed, Taj Mahal for Shakti 2, and Kumbakaran for Shakti 3.
- 15 days after India’s last missile test, Pakistan also tested two nuclear missiles under the code name Chagai-1 and Chagai 2.
- Strong criticism was seen from China. They called for the international community to adopt a unified stand and strongly demand that India should immediately stop development of nuclear weapons. Canada and United States terminated all the assistance that was granted to India except for the humanitarian aid. Extreme financial sanctions were imposed on India.
Even after all the struggles, we stand tall proudly becoming one of the nuclear nations. Hence, every year on 11th May ‘National Technology Day’ is being celebrated as a reminder of a legendary heroic mission that took place with combined efforts of our brilliant Scientists and the great Indian Army.