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'NSA a babe in the woods on nuclear matters'

September 25, 2009 17:51 IST

Describing National Security Adviser M K Narayanan as 'babe in the woods' on nuclear matters for his comments on Pokhran-II tests, former Defence Research and Development Organisation scientist K Santhanam has said his career has been that of 'a cop and a spook'.

Chiding Narayanan for calling him a maverick, the DRDO scientist, who was one of the four key scientists associated with the tests in 1998, said: "It shows desperation of a sort.

There is a nice phrase in football -- attacking the player, not the ball."

"The attempt is to give the dog a bad name. But this dog has not lost its bite," Santhanam said in an interview to Outlook magazine.

Santhanam recently stirred a controversy claiming that the nuclear tests done in 1998 were not successful as projected at that time.

Terming the scientist's claims about the tests as "horrific", Narayanan had asserted that India has thermonuclear capabilities, which have been verified by a peer group of researchers.

Countering Narayanan's assertion, Santhanam said, 'I am a person from a nuclear background, who spent close to 16 years in Trombay, published articles in various journals. I was doing strategic analysis long before I came to Delhi.'

'I may not be known to Narayanan but, if anything, I will add that Narayanan is a babe in the woods on nuclear matters. His career has been that of a cop and a spook. And I don't want to elaborate any further.'
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