India has the capability to carry out an Abbottabad-like operation that the US launched to kill Osama bin Laden last week in Pakistan, but the country’s democratic policies are against that path, said VK Saraswat, scientific advisor to the defence ministry on Wednesday. “We have the technology and the skill to carry out such an operation. But, our democratic system does not allow us to go to another country and start killing people,” said Saraswat, also the director general of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Saraswat was speaking at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) on the occasion of Technology Day. Wednesday also marked the 13th anniversary of the Pokhran II tests when the first set of test explosions of three nuclear devices was carried out by India in 1998 with the involvement of scientists from DRDO and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). The second set of tests took place on May 13.
While the two establishments have been working on strategic projects at an informal level, the next five years will see DRDO and DAE working formally on next generation technology innovations in the defence sector. “This collaboration will help us identify specific projects that can be worked on,” said Srikumar Banerjee, chairman, Atomic Energy Commission.