- Khetolai is the village lying closest to the Pokhran nuclear test site
- Villagers, mostly Bishnois, say there are many cases of cancer in the area. Exposure to radiation from the blasts is an obvious inference to make.
- Many, including children, have died of cancer. Women speak of high incidence of breast cancer. Children are showing development problems.
- Even cattle aren’t spared. Cows develop strange tumours and rashes.
- Govt hasn’t cared to conduct studies in the region or provide succour
“The army jeeps, the fatigues, the big trucks—these things always fascinated Neeraj,” says Ashok Bishnoi, a school teacher, in Khetolai, the village nearest to Pokhran, Rajasthan, where India has conducted nuclear test explosions. He is speaking of an 11-year-old boy who succumbed to cancer on February 15. “He wanted to become a soldier,”...