Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi told reporters at New Delhi airport on Saturday (19?
Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi told reporters at New Delhi airport on Saturday (19 May) that India's first nuclear explosion the day before was carried out for peaceful scientific reasons.
The explosion, which was small by modern standards, took place about 330 ft. (100 metres) underground in an undisclosed desert area in western India.
India is now the sixth country in the world to have exploded a nuclear device.
Mrs. Gandhi's bitterest opponents, like the right wing Hindu Nationalist Jan Sangh Party and leaders of the opposition Congress Party, have applauded the achievement, but many countries, especially Pakistan, were unhappy about the news.
Mrs. Gandhi was at the airport to meet President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal, who had arrived for a nine day state visit.
India's President V.V.Giri and other Ministers also greeted President Senghor, who will be staying at the presidential palace.