Mumbai: The mortal remains of former Atomic
Energy Commission (AEC) Chairman Homi Nusserwanji Sethna were
today laid to rest here as per Parsi rituals.
Sethna, who was the guiding force behind India`s first
nuclear test died at his Malabar Hills residence on Sunday
night after a prolonged illness.
The last rites were conducted at the `Doongerwadi Tower
of Silence` in South Mumbai and the prayers were held in the
Those who attended his funeral include Chairman of Tata
Group Ratan Tata, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission Dr
Srikumar Banerjee, Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Dr
R K Sinha, former Indian ambassador to the US Ronen Sen,
former Municipal commissioner Jamshed Kanga, Sethna`s son
Rustom and daughter Meher Dadabhoy among several others.
The 86-year-old nuclear scientist had made vital
contributions to nuclear material development and production
over the entire nuclear fuel cycle and during his tenure as
AEC Chairman (1972-83), the Peaceful Nuclear experiment (PNE)
at Pokhran was carried out successfully on May 18,1974.
Ronen Sen said Sethna`s demise marks the end of an era
and he was the last of the great pioneers of Indian atomic
Sethna was hand picked by Dr Homi Bhabha, the father of
Indian nuclear programme, to serve as his principal deputy and
acted as the head of the atomic energy organisation during his
"His inspirational leadership during the period as
Chairman of AEC motivated young scientific community to take
the programme forward as envisaged by Bhabha during the
technology denial regime," he added.