- One of the reasons for the delay was the arrival of ten million Bangladeshi refugees at the site of the project. [I]t seemed as if they had come to stay permanently. But luck favoured us and one day, after several months of squatting around, they all returned to their country and we resumed our work.
Later in this book, the eminent scientist writes of visiting Delhi right after Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984:
- When I arrived at my brother's place, his neighbours, who were Sikhs, were hiding in his house. They shared their anguish with me but unfortunately I did not detect any signs of gratitude in them for the refuge they had sought ... [Indira Gandhi's] funeral ceremony was attended by a large number of Heads of States and prominent residents of Delhi, but the Sikhs were conspicuous by their absence.
Sure they were in hiding and fearing for their lives, but they were filled with ingratitude too. Yes.
Is it possible that one of India's best-known scientists wrote all these lines? Well, that's the late Raja Ramanna, arguably the principal architect of our nuclear programme.
Read more in this article (PDF). You may not agree with all that its author, Sankaran Krishna, says, but he'll give you things to think about.