amit wrote:However, the rest of the post stands.
No need for apologies no offence is taken, my statement was a clarification of my position. However if you think it helps I welcome the gesture.
Finally I do not see how the post stands since a bit of it was discussion on personalities
issue, anyway let me reiterate. The whole thing became personality specific since the way to address the concerns was to downplay KSs role (incorrectly) rather than address the concerns. (remember he was called a maverick) and then it begins.
Finally I have always rejected the obsessive secrecy syndrome of Indian establishment. As I posted in an article from Adm Sureesh Mehta (I may be getting the wrong CNS here) that "obsessive secrecy may or may not fool your enemy but is likely to confuse your own side to no good end"
This is what the case appears to be -- there is no reason why the depth of burial and yeild and soil characteristics can not be revealed. All the P5 have multiple tests of TNs yeild details of which are published. They also have a situation of mutual verification etc.
So clearly I do not buy RCs assertion that they have released a lot of information in the press. I cant see what information they have released which cant be recreated by a pure open source Nuclear physicists and related field, say one from IISc publishing however I agree this is how it should be.
It is just that GoI should not make these untenable claims
KS is a maverick
we have released lot of data
KS is out of loop
One test is enough for purposes
We have deterrence we can deliver something
These sort of statements apart from making other rotfl do very little else and take GoI credibility down a 500 m shaft.
On the other hand clear statements on deployment of nukes with
Soil mechanics (no big secret)
Expected crater size
etc would be very welcome.
Note none of this would be important if a statement was made as to no moratorium on testing.
But if we have VM, then the above data is important for credibility.
Otherwise its like saying -- "I wont tell you anything, but you must believe me nevertheless since I have already told you a lot"We can have either a moratorium on testing with this info, or no moratorium without it. Not both.