Author: N SarmaB Banerjee/Publisher: RupaYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 198ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129113900
A Critical History is an unbiased account of the trials and tribulations faced by Indian scientists while working on the country’s nuclear power programme. An engrossing account of how engineers had to overcome not just technical snags, but also political ambitions, before they succeeded in testing two powerful nuclear bombs in 1974 and 1998.Predictably, however, the world did not take too kindly to India’s nuclear ambitions and all technical and monetary assistance that it had been receiving from other nuclear states, ceased abruptly. Not only that, these powerful nations placed various sanctions on the country, severely incapacitating its ambitious dreams of entering the coveted nuclear club. All further work on the country’s nuclear arsenal and power plants was therefore delayed. But these may now be things of the past, especially if the Indo-US nuclear deal comes through.This interesting history of India’s declamatory entry into the Power Club also includes balanced arguments on the controversial Hyde Act.
PrefaceIntroductionThe BeginningsThe Case for Nuclear Power Early ActivitiesBuilding Power Reactors Tarapur Atomic Power Station [TAPS] Rajasthan Atomic Power Station [RAPS] Madras Atomic Power Station [MAPS]Narora Atomic Power Station [NAPS]Kakrapar Nuclear Power Station [KAPP]Kaiga Nuclear Power StationHeavy WaterThe Russian ConnectionDecline and RevivalConclusionsAppendix AI: Homi Jehangir Bhabha A2: Nuclear Reactors A3: Candu Reactors A4: The Advanced Heavy Water Reactor A5: Fast Breeder Reactors A6: Nuclear Weapons A7. The India Nuclear Tests A8. Atomic Energy Act of 1948 A9. The Atomic Energy Act 1962 A10. Heavy Water Agreement A11. Canada-India Agreement A12. Indo-USA Nuclear AgreementList of AbbreviationsReferencesIndex