No events mark n-test anniversary in Pokhran

May 11th, 2008 - 6:51 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Pokhran (Rajasthan), May 11 (IANS) In 1998, the small town of Pokhran had been the centre of India’s jingoistic celebrations after India detonated a nuclear device here. Ten years on, the town of around 20,000 people remains quiet, with no official or private ceremonies to mark the event. “We would only have marked the event, if there were any instructions from the Centre (government). But, till Friday, there were no such directions,” said a senior official of Jaisalmer district, under which Pokharan is a sub-division.

India has conducted two rounds of nuclear tests in 1974 and then in 1998 inside the highly-guarded Pokharan military range.

A museum set up on the outskirts of Pokhran to mark the nuckear tests was also quiet, with the employees enjoying the Sunday with their families.

“We have had no official events to mark the anniversary in previous years too. We have never really spoken about our link,” said the manager of Fort Pokaran hotel, Daulat Singh.

The town itself has no official plaque or signboard indicating its association with India’s nuclear programme. “We do not allow signboards to come up due to security considerations as this is a sensitive area,” the district official told IANS.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government had already announced there would be no official celebrations.

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