“In 1998, the government took the bold decision to go ahead with the tests and reposition of India on the global stage. The tests of May 1998 were a demonstration of both scientific capacity and political will,” President Kovind said.
In 1998, India conducted Pokhran-II tests where five nuclear explosives were tested. The tests took place between May 11 and May 13. India has gone on to develop what is called a nuclear triad--nuclear strike capabilities from land, air, sea/undersea.