Indian Interest in Fluoride Reactors?

I have found some old documents from the early 1970s that seem to indicate that Indian nuclear scientists were working with ORNL personnel on liquid-fluoride reactors. What initiated this interest or ultimately terminated it I do not know. Perhaps someone who knows more about the Indian nuclear program might offer some insight into what is in these documents.

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Considering the Indian reserves of thorium, it would not be hard to understand why they might be interested in a reactor that could fully consume them. What perplexes me in the documents is their focus on starting the fluoride reactors with plutonium, which as I have noted previously, is a rather “dirty” way to start the reactor (leads to a lot more transuranic production than the alternatives).

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