Author: M V RamanaC Rammanohar Reddy/Editor(s): M V Ramana / C Rammanohar ReddyPublisher: Orient LongmanYear: 2002Language: EnglishPages: 502ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125024778
In this volume, some of South Asia's best minds address questions relating to political, scientific, strategic, economic and environmental aspects of India's decision to proceed with the nuclear weapons programme. Have nuclear weapons enhanced India’s safety?How safe are nuclear weapons? What are the chances of accidents involving them, and their consequences?What was the role of the scientific community in India’s nuclear weapons programme?What was the politics behind the India government’s decision to conduct the nuclear tests of May 1998?Is china a threat to India’s security? How do China and Pakistan perceive India as a nuclear weapons state?What are the economic consequences of India’s acquisition of nuclear weapons?What are the environmental costs of India’s nuclear programme?The writers include Kanti Bajpai, Admiral L Ramdas, Amartya Sen, Amulya Reddy and Jean Dreze. While much has been said in India, in defense of the nuclear tests of 1998, there is also a strong body of opinion which questions India’s decision to become a nuclear weapons state. The essays in Prisoners of the Nuclear Dream are representative of this critique. They have been written for the general reader concerned about the important issue of the production of weapons of mass destruction in South Asia.