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Cry for India

What does it say about us when our policymakers squabble about the deadliness of a nuclear bomb?

Pity our bomb makers. They have the difficult job of deciding if one of the devices they tested under the sands of Pokhran in 1998 could be good enough for a thermonuclear bomb that has the power to murder a few million people or if it can murder only a few hundred thousands. (To “murder” is surely the appropriate word to describe the use of a nuclear weapon.)

The squabble, in which our bomb makers have descended to calling each other names, could have been dismissed as a ridiculous turf war if only it had not been about something as horrific as the potency of a nuclear bomb. Everyone from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh onwards has deemed it important enough to have a say on the “yield” of the thermonuclear device tested on 11 May 1998.

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