It’s both puzzling and unnerving.
Even if it is assumed that whatever Sathnam says is indeed true, then what does it imply? Just that whatever decision the government will reach regarding CTBT will be for personal gains of those running it, as they would be paid (bribes) by the private firms wishing to sell their products/expertise to India by further ending India’s nuclear isolation. That’s all! And that’s an accepted package in democracy!!
But what do we mean by “further ending”? India’s nuclear isolation is already ended. The US has already entered into deals. Russia has just recently so, and France was (if media reports are to be believed) wooing India last year to sign deals!
But most important point is: nuclear tests are not firecrackers to discuss their fizzle v/s bang in public!
One of the purposes of possessing nuclear weapons is not exactly to threaten others: “we will kill you”, but to let the hostile neighbors with proven track record of disturbing our peace, unprovoked, know that “be careful before messing around with us”.
What is Sathnam doing? Why disturb the enemies’ restraint earned owing to India’s image of a formidable target?
What is Sathnam trying to do by calling into question the success of those tests?
Kilotons of TNT is huge amount of destructive energy – capable of killing lakhs of people. 45 or 25 of it doesn’t make much difference for an enemy to fear it!! Plus, the fission-based tests were totally successful!
More important, why are India’s nuclear secrets being discussed so openly?
Why is Sathnam being given so much media-coverage?
But of course, all this comes into play only if we are to ASSUME what Sathnam says is true. We’ll have to still take it on that flimsy thing called ‘trust’. And how do we establish that? My suggestion is: the leading dailies coming out with a ‘Pokhran-special’, reporting in detail, EVERYTHING. Then we’ll have a truly ‘open’ democracy.
This is another clear case of irresponsible, misguiding, sensationalist and propagandist approach of the Indian media.