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Nuclear City rumours: India needs to clarify

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If it doesn’t, Pakistan may use the report to attack India at international forums

NEW DELHI : An apparent false fabrication by an American magazine in an article back in December 2015 was picked up by Pakistan recently to allege that India was building a nuclear city with a large military-nuclear complex to produce thermonuclear weapons or Hydrogen bombs.

The “Foreign Policy”, specialising in international affairs and security, had alleged in an article that a large-scale military industrial complex was being built in Karnataka as noticed from the satellite pictures.


The ”Foreign Policy,” specialising in international affairs and security, had alleged in an article that a large-scale military industrial complex was being built in Karnataka as noticed from the satellite pictures. It claimed it will be used as an advanced weapons testing centre in future and the western powers have a good knowledge about it and yet they have not raised any public concern about it.

There is no word from the government on the issue except for a flat denial of the entire report when it was published. It may, however, have to come out with further clarifications as Pakistan may use the report to attack India at the international forums.

The genesis of the magazine’s report is an environment support group filing a petition in the Karnataka High Court in 2012. It is no secret that there are any number of such NGOs who get funds from abroad to create controversies and put questions on every Indian project.

The magazine had claimed that the so-called nuclear city was under construction at Challakere in Karnataka since 2012 and narrated how the members of a nomadic Lambani tribe were herded out and the land inhabited by farming and tribal communities was walled off.

The article primarily talks about how the project was started under utter secrecy, stressing that the local residents have no information about it whatsoever.

It claimed after signing of the civilian nuclear deals with the US and 10 other countries virtually freed India to use the indigenous uranium deposits for military use of arming the nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles an making the nuclear ballistic and attack submarines.

The magazine also claimed that even the Indian MPs and the environment minister have no official knowledge of such projects which they say are carried out in utter secrecy by the PMO and the Defence Ministry.