Twenty-four years ago today, the then Atal government shook the whole world with the serial nuclear blasts in Pokhran, Rajasthan. Through these tests conducted under ‘Operation Shakti’, India showed unwavering intentions and gave more heights to a strong India. On May 11 and 13, 1998, the NDA-led Atal Bihari Vajpayee government conducted five nuclear tests at the Pokhran Field Firing Range in Khetolai village.
The Atal government kept the entire strategy of Pokhran-2 test so secret that America and its satellites also failed. India is taking such a big step, no one was aware of it. However, in protest against this, many western countries including America imposed strict sanctions on India. Only Israel supported India.
Atalji himself went to Pokhrani
After the successful nuclear test, the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee said that today India conducted an underground test in Pokhran. Atalji himself accompanied the then Defense Minister George Fernandes to the test site.
With this test, India’s chest widened and it became a declared nuclear power country. Atalji shouted again – ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan and Jai Vigyan’. Since then every year 11 May is celebrated as ‘National Technology Day’.
Doctor. APJ Abdul Kalam played an important role
The then Defense Scientist, Missile Man and Dr. who was elected President in 2002. APJ Abdul Kalam played an important role in the 1998 nuclear test.
The first test took place in 1974
India has been at the forefront of nuclear revolution in the world. Doctor. Homi Jehangir Bhabha had awakened him long ago. But his dreams were shattered by the conspiracy. Then on 18 May 1974, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi conducted the first nuclear test in Pokhran and included India in the list of nuclear capable countries of the world. Pokhran-1 was named ‘Smiling Buddha’. This was followed by further tests by India in 1995, but failed due to the tough stand of the world community.