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From the data which was available for reprocessing, available in literature... was totally incorrect. I can assure you, if we had followed that data, nothing would have worked.

Homi Sethna (Indian Nuclear Scientist)

As far as their technology went, I must say that it was impeccable. They, there's no doubt about it, they knew what they were doing. Of course, those days everything was small... nothing on a gigantic scale, and anyway you were shown only a few figures. That's to be expected.

Homi Sethna (Indian Nuclear Scientist)

I am pushing in the device (bomb) tomorrow and after that do not say remove it because I cannot. You (PM Indira Gandhi) cannot tell me to stop.

Homi Sethna (Indian Nuclear Scientist)

I am not (scared). I am only telling you (to Indira Gandhi) there is no going back now. That is all

Homi Sethna (Indian Nuclear Scientist)

Sethna actually came to Pokhran 48 hours before the experiment. He was in New Delhi meeting officials. Some officials at the Prime Minister's Office office wanted the test to be delayed. Sethna telephoned us at Pokhran and explained the situation. We said we cannot stop the test at this stage. He then met Mrs Gandhi who gave the go-ahead.

P. K. Iyengar (Indian Nuclear Physicist)

If the law of physics works, no head will be chopped.

P. K. Iyengar (Indian Nuclear Physicist)

The Pokhran test was a bomb, I can tell you now... An explosion is an explosion, a gun is a gun, whether you shoot at someone or shoot at the ground... I just want to make clear that the test was not all that peaceful.

Raja Ramanna (Indian Physicist)

I learned to how to look at physics which is to discover the laws of nature.

P. K. Iyengar (Indian Nuclear Physicist)

We had a fairly good group working on it at BARC and BARC hosted an international conference on neutron scattering in 1964. Dr. Brockhouse was also the inspiration behind the setting up of the research reactor Dhurva (in 1985)

P. K. Iyengar (Indian Nuclear Physicist)

I could see how a Nobel Prize worthy experiment was being done.

P. K. Iyengar (Indian Nuclear Physicist)

The dead bodies of all the 16 individuals who were killed along with Rajiv Gandhi were identified and claimed. Only one human body with dismembered parts was not identified. When I scrutinised the dismembered parts, I found a severed head and two lower limbs. The facial parts of the severed head were intact and recognisable. The forehead was beautified with a bindi and the fully grown, long scalp hair was bedecked with kanakambaram flowers, indicating that the severed head belonged to a woman.

Pakkiriswamy Chandra Sekharan (Indian Forensic Expert)

The police requested me to help on this one (Rajiv Gandhi case). I had 200 scientists working under me, functioning as a statewide network. But since this was a sensational crime, with international ramifications, I decided to handle it personally.

Pakkiriswamy Chandra Sekharan (Indian Forensic Expert)

I debunked the basket bomb theory straightaway because if that had been true, the basket should have been blasted into several pieces, and not remained intact as it had. The carpet too was intact and there was no crater underneath it, so that theory was out.

Pakkiriswamy Chandra Sekharan (Indian Forensic Expert)

Only the head, the left forearm and two lower limbs were there, including some torn portions. The entire right hand and trunk of the body were missing. That gave me a clue that this was a woman who was a human bomb.

Pakkiriswamy Chandra Sekharan (Indian Forensic Expert)

A very, very, very simple case (As in most suicide attacks, he explained, the killer was not worried about leaving clues behind)

Pakkiriswamy Chandra Sekharan (Indian Forensic Expert)

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