National Technology Day 2020: History, significance; here’s all you need to know!

National Technology Day is celebrated on May 11. The day is observed to commemorate the achievements of the science fraternity. It was on this day in 1998 when India had its breakthrough moment in the field of technology by successfully carrying out nuclear tests at Pokhran, Rajasthan.

Expressing his gratitude towards the scientists and remembering the Pokhran nuclear tests, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, “On National Technology Day, our nation salutes all those who are leveraging technology to bring a positive difference in the lives of others. We remember the exceptional achievement of our scientists on this day in 1998. It was a landmark moment in India’s history”.

Pokhran nuclear tests: A success story under Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s leadership
The day has a historical perspective as it was on May 11, 1998, that India achieved a major technological breakthrough by successfully carrying out nuclear tests at Pokhran when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the Prime Minister.

The underground tests marked the country’s arrival on the world’s nuclear stage and set the scene for some impressive developments in its strategic programme.

The first three detonations took place simultaneously at 3.45pm on May 11.

The test happened months after then foreign secretary K Raghunath told his US counterpart that India did not have any intention of testing a nuclear device.

The test opened floodgates of trouble for India: Sanctions, economic and military, and interactional isolation.

Pokhran’s successful tests have given India the moral, political and legal stand to convey to the world that it plays by the rules and will continue to do so.

(With Agency Inputs)

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