28 August 2009: For those that have been tracking India's deterrent programme, such as it is, the former DRDO official, K.Santhanam's disclosure, that the thermonuclear weapon did not yield the desired results in the May 1998 Pokhran test, does not come as a surprise. It is eyebrow-raising to the extent that Santhanam, who was part of the scientific-engineering establishment that conducted the test, has broken his silence about the dud thermonuke after more than eleven years. It is immaterial that R.Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser to the government and the Pokhran II test leader, has rubbished Santhanam's disclosure, or that he has been supported by the former President, A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, who led the DRDO efforts in the explosion. Why has Santhanam spoken out now, and how does it load the argument on testing again?