Many Indians have a soft corner for J. Robert Oppenheimer because he knew Sanskrit! Maybe it's like having Indian-Americans in Obama team.
To paraphrase Homer Simpson: Suckers!
Oppenheimer supposedly thought: "Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." (verse 32, Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad Gita) after he saw the first nuclear explosion "Trinity" on July 16, 1945.
It reads in Sanskrit as follows:
"Kalo Asmi Loka-ksaya-krit Pravardho, Lokan Samartum iha Pravattah"
Did he say it?
“...According to a colleague, however, what he actually said was, ‘Now we’re all sons-of-bitches.’…”
(Judith Flanders, Spectator, January 23, 2008)
K. Santhanam and Ashok Parthasarathi say in The Hindu on September 17 2009:
"Several inaccuracies in the claims made by BARC and in the articles published in the press, including The Hindu, on Pokhran-II need to be corrected. We have hard evidence on a purely factual basis, to inform the nation that not only was the yield of the second fusion (H-bomb) stage of the thermonuclear (TN) device tested in May 1998 was not only far below the design prediction made by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), but that it actually failed..."
So what happened at Pokhran-II?
If the test "failed", no one could have said either "Now we’re all Sons-of-Bitches" or "Kalo Asmi Loka-ksaya-krit Pravardho, Lokan Samartum iha Pravattah"!
But if this failure was hidden from the nation, aren't ordinary Indians entitled to say: "sons-of-bitches"?