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Nuclear Power in India: 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, engrossingly tracing how engineers had to come not just technical snags, but also political ambitions, before they succeeded in testing two powerful nuclear bombs in 1974 and 1998.
The world did not take kindly to India's nuclear ambitions and the technical and monetary assistance it had been receiving from other nuclear states abruptly ceased. Sanctions were placed on the country, severely incapacitating its ambitious dream of entering the coveted by nuclear club. All further work on the country's nuclear arsenal and power plants were delayed until the Indo-US nuclear deal.
Nuclear Power in India is a fascinating history of the country's valiant attempts to make a niche for itself in world politics.
About the Author
Dr Biswarup Banerjee did his schooling in Delhi, and went on to attend St. Stephen's College, Delhi. His thesis advisor at Heidelberg, Germany, was the Nobel laureate professor J.H.D. Jensen. He later joined the Theoretical Physics Group in the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai and worked there till his retirement. His research work has been mainly in the fields of theoretical nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics. He has been a visiting scientist/professor at the universities of Munich, Oxford, Paris, Pisa, Califonia (Berkeley) and Chicago among others.
Dr Nataraja Sarma graduated from the universities of Chennai, Cambridge and London and worked at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre on reactors, nuclear and solid state physics. He has held visiting professorships at the Massachusetts Institut fur Kernphysik, Heidelberg, the University of Maryland, USA and the European Centre for Particle Research, Geneva.