04 February 2011

Pokharan Fort

While driving down to Jaisalmer we stopped at the city of Pokhran to check out its famous fort.

 
 
 Sadly this ancient caravan town is today only known to most Indians as the testing grounds of the country's controversial nuclear arms programme.
 
 
 The locals here talk about how the Indian army covered the craters in the ground formed due to the tests with mountains of onions as they absorb nuclear radiation which they feared could have escaped in to the atmosphere! There is however no mention of this in any media reports and the Indian government maintains that there was no leak of any nuclear radiation. Hopefully the government is right although it's difficult to believe that they would actually have admitted to any such disaster especially given the international pressure that India was under just after the tests.

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