25 February, 2021

Fission Music

The first published account by a former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) is rich in facts but economical with analysis.

illustration by Jayachandran
Fission Music
outlookindia.com
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How has India overcome hurdles to develop various nuclear technologies, both civilian and military? Why have leaders from Jawaharlal Nehru to A.B. Vajpayee showcased the nuclear programme as a symbol of India's technological achievement? What has made India the leader of the developing world in commercial nuclear power technology?

These key questions are addressed in M.R. Srinivasan's book, which is rich in facts but economical with analysis. This is the first published account by a former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) on how the Indian nuclear plan developed from its inception. Part memoir and part history, the book weaves the author's own professional progress with the nuclear programme's evolution in the 35 years that he served the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

Srinivasan, a mechanical engineer involved in commercial nuclear power generation, has the distinction of being the one and only head of the nuclear programme with no background or experience in research and development.

The author's unique background makes this a different book. It...

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