The death of Homi Bhabha and Shastri, accident or conspiracy?

Background of the two

Homi Bhabha was an Indian Physicist and a Professor born in Mumbai to Indian Zoroastrian parents. He is often referred as the “father of Indian nuclear programme” because of his extensive researches over nuclear energy along with him becoming the Founder of the Indian nuclear research facility, ‘Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay (AEET)’ which was later renamed as ‘Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC)’ after Bhabha’s sad demise in 1966.

Lal Bahadur Shastri was an Indian politician and a Statesman who served as the Prime Minister of India from 1964 to 1966. He is famous for his contribution in the formation of Republic of India as a freedom fighter spending about 7 years in jail under British Indian rule.


In September 1939, Homi Bhabha returned to India from UK during the Second World War. He was working as the Reader in the Physics Department headed by the Indian Scientist, CV Raman in Indian Institute of Science. During the same time period, countries like USA and German Riech were in the race of developing nuclear weapons to dominate the geopolitics.

In 1944, Bhabha worked on the idea of point particle movement starting with research on nuclear energy for weapons.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

In 1945, USA dropped two atomic bombs over Japanese Empire during the Second World War killing millions and leaving the world in shock. This became a major security and sovereignty threat for other countries in the world.

In 1947, Republic of India was formed and scientists like Homi Bhabha were always discussing about how they can make India a nuclear country as well.

In 1948, Indian Government established ‘Atomic Energy Commission of India’ appointing Dr. Homi Bhabha as the first Chairman.

In 1964, China conducted its first nuclear test which left India worried. The Indian Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri went to Dr. Bhabha over nuclear capabilities of India.

In October 1965, Dr. Bhabha declared that India will get nuclear weapons in 18 months if Indian Government grants the permission and project is started seriously.

On January 11, 1966, Lal Bahadur Shastri mysteriously died in Tashkent, USSR (now in Uzbekistan). His cause of death is still in dispute.

On January 24, 1966, Air India Flight 101 was carrying Dr. Bhabha to Vienna, Austria for a meeting when it crashed near Mont Blanc. The cause behind this crash is officially recorded to be a communication confusion between the pilot and ATS of Geneva Airport (Switzerland).

Both deaths are just 13 days apart.

Conspiracy theory

Analyzing the timeline, it would ring a bell in our ears about something been fishy. This fishy thing seems to more hyped with the release of the book, ‘Conversations with the Crow’ written by the American Journalist, Gregory Douglas. This book is a compilation of the interviews by him with the American Officer, Robert T Crowley who worked for Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) which an intelligence group of USA. In 1960s, CIA is noted to be running many operations and tasks all around the world because it was the period of cold war where India was a non-aligned country for USA. In Conversation No. 22 (Date: Friday, July 5, 1996 Commenced: 1:45 PM CST, Concluded: 2:10 PM CST), the CIA Officer admits that there was a role of CIA under American Government in Shastri and Bhabha. US Government had good motives to stop India from creating nuclear weapons and become a nuclear power. US Government is often accused of wishing the death of many rulers and important figures already in the past, for example, they trying to kill Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi and so on. There isn’t more evidences to prove this conspiracy theory a fact.


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