Defence News: Indian PM Narendra Modi greeted everyone on the National Technology Day and praised the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee for the bold move. May 11th is commemorated to mark the anniversary of Pokhran nuclear tests of 1998. It was the day when the world stood still and watch India’s might.
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Tweeting today, PM Modi said, “Greetings to everyone, especially our industrious scientists and those passionate about technology, on National Technology Day.” Greetings to everyone, especially our industrious scientists and those passionate about technology, on National Technology Day.; Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) “We remain grateful to our scientists & the then political leadership for the courage shown in Pokhran in 1998,” The prime minister continued.
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The website Narendramodi.in points to an earlier speech of Modi in which he had said, “The world is well aware of the Pokhran tests. Under Atal ji’s leadership, successful tests were carried out and the entire world was witness to India’s might. The scientists made the nation proud.”
Going back to those times, the prime minister said, “After the first series of tests the world community placed sanctions on India. On 13th May 1998, Atal ji again called for tests, thus showing that he was made of a different mettle. If we had had a weak PM, he or she would have got scared on the same day. But Atal ji was different. He did not get scared.”
“People of Pokhran must be lauded for maintaining silence during entire duration when the tests were planned and conducted. They placed interest of the nation above everything else.”
It was those tests which gave India a solid credible nuclear deterrence. India got international recognition as a nuclear power and the goodwill followed due to spotless proliferation record. Although various sanctions delayed many a projects including Tejas, Arjun etc. But eventually either technology was developed in house or it was provided by a more reliable partner. Today every major nuclear power has a treaty with India on nuclear technology.