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Abdul Kalam, a total fake, was sent to reassure Indian villagers about nuclear safety

 From our Antinuclear correspondent in India, 9 Nov 11  I was reading Kalam’s report on how Koodankalam was safe and why nuclear is the future for India when I had a suspicion about his educational background. All his rantings seemed very unscientific to me so I did some research and found out that HE IS A TOTAL FAKE! He has only a degree (bachelor’s in science) BSc and the prefix Dr. has been conveniently been added by him in front of his name to promote himself as a doctor of science. in fact he has not received even an honorary doctorate degree from any institution or group as they sometimes arbitrarily give someone a doctorate even if they have just a fifth standard education in India (as in the case of Kurananidhi, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu who according to a report in Facebook apparently  has stashed away 3500 crores of indian rupees in Swiss Banks (an astounding amount).
 Abdul Kalam and  his missile tests were actually a botched job covered up by the BJP govt to save their face. Kalam is probably under threat that he will be revealed if he takes a anti nuke stand on Koodankalam so I’m sure if We bring the truth out about him and make it public, this would help the Koodankalam movement a great deal.
‘What is so sacrosanct about A.P.J. Abdul Kalam?’
ARVIND SWAMINATHAN writes from Madras: The larger-than-life, conversation-stopping image of the former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is the fruit of assiduous self-promotion, audacious political opportunism and pumped-up nationalism, combined with the gee-whiz ignorance of an uncritical media.
# A missile technologist who is routinely confused for a “nuclear physicist”.
# A scientist without a formal PhD—who was turned away from the Indian Institute of
Science (IISc) because he didn’t have the “requisite scientific credentials”—who happily uses
the appendage “Dr”.
# A reverse-engineer who has presided over several failures as the in-charge of the Integrated
Guided Missile Development Programme who is unquestioningly called “Missile Man”.
# And, although the masterstroke to make him President came initially from the Samajwadi
Party, it is the BJP which has appropriated the Thirukkural-quoting, veena-playing,
vegetarian “Kalam Iyer” as its favourite Muslim, thanks in part, as the Princeton scholar
M.V. Ramana wrote, because of his ability to “dress up even mediocre work with the
tricolour to pass them off as great achievements.”
However, in a nation thirsting for heroes, the question marks were airbrushed out of the
frame by “inspiring” speeches bordering on the infantile and “motivational” books bordering
on the banal.
Thankfully, some of the super-reverential mythology around Kalam is being dismantled.
Twice in the last few days, two prominent nuclear scientists have stood up to question
Kalam’s clean chit to the “Pokhran II” tests conducted by the BJP-led NDA government of
Atal Behari Vajpayee during its 13-month reign in 1998.
To rewind, Kalam’s former Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
colleague K. Santhanam described the “thermonuclear device” that was tested as a”fizzle”.
Meaning: the yield was lower than what was claimed, and was certainly not what was
desired. Santhanam said more tests were required to perfect what the device was supposed to
produce: a hydrogen bomb.
But “Major General Prithviraj“, as Kalam was codenamed during Pokhran II, jumped in
and declared the tests a success. And Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too butted in, saying
Kalam’s certificate was the last word.
Result: The gloves are off in the very secretive nuclear fraternity.
First P.K. Iyengar, the former chairman of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, hit back:
“What is so sacrosanct about Abdul Kalam? Even Albert Einstein made mistakes. Before
the scientists on the site called New Delhi to confirm the tests, they should have checked the
yield of the thermo-nuclear bomb with the seismic centre in London, with which India has a
co-operation agreement. Dr Kalam did not check and doubts about the yield were there after
the tests.”
Now, H.N. Sethna, the former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, who was the
guiding force behind Pokhran I in 1974, has added his bit, saying Kalam was “not qualified”
to speak on the subject:
“What did he (Kalam) know about extracting, making explosive-grade uranium? He didn’t
know a thing. By being the President he appeared to wear the stature. He relied on atomic
energy to gain additional stature.”
By no yardstick do M/s Iyengar, Sethna & Co represent the last word on the subject of
Kalam, but by being unafraid to question an icon, they have done the nation (and Kalam) a
service by bringing some balance to the myth-building.

November 9, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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