In May 1998, India tested nuclear weapons at the Pokhran Test Range in the Rajasthan state. This was the first time since 1974 that India conducted such tests. It was a big achievement for India’s scientific and military strength.
However, other countries didn’t like it and criticized India. They also imposed economic sanctions. Nonetheless, India was recognized as a major nuclear power.
The Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee oversaw the Pokhran nuclear power tests. He was the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was in charge of the Indian government during that time.
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Vajpayee strongly supported India’s nuclear program and had been urging the country to conduct more nuclear tests since the 1970s. The tests were performed by Indian scientists and military staff.