Author: Anindyo J MajumdarPublisher: Lancer's BooksYear: 2000Language: EnglishPages: 344ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170950791
This volume collects essays that are not only confined to the debate over the strategic aspects of Pokhran II explosions, but also covers socio-political variables, and political economy of the bomb.Nuclear weapons have com to stay in South Asia heralding perhaps the advent of the second nuclear age. The trends of regional and international responses to the May 1998 nuclear tests and consequent diplomatic maneuvering and changing perceptions shape the patterns of conflict and cooperation in South Asia. As India opts for overt nuclearisation - her relations with her neighbors and he major powers acquire new dimensions. Given the political realities, total nuclear disarmament seems almost impossible and nuclear weaponisation continue to remain a subject of intense debate because of its inherent jeopardous ramifications. Today, nuclear India faces an unsure, if not entirely hostile world and a domestic environment where the evolved consensus on keeping the nuclear option open has been replaced by a sharp division between the pro and anti-nuclear groups. Since the Pokharn II tests live debate is ranging through that has not softened even after the first couple of years.This volume collets essays that re not only to he debate over the strategic aspects of Pokhran II explosions. The socio-political variables, political economy of the bomb, reactions to the nuclear tests, evolving foreign relations and consequent developments including the Kargil experience have been explored within a wider perspective of an India that enters a new millennium.
The ContributorsPrologueTHE BOMB, DETERRENCE AND ARMS CONTROLBuilding the BombFrom Pokhran to Ras Koh Technical, Strategic and Political ImplicationsThe Great Indian Nuclear DebateDeterrence, Security and Cooperation in Nuclearised South Asia: Situating Two Theoretical DebatesNuclear Weapons States and No-First-UseStrategic Days: Arms Control Predicaments for Nuclear India Pokhran II: A Socio-Political OverviewThe Political Economy of Nuclear Bomb in the SubcontinentDIPLOMACY AND FOREIGN RELATIONManaging the Political Fall-Out: India’s Post –Pakhran DiplomacyPakistan Factor in Sino-Indian Ties: From Pokhran to KargilNuclear Deterrence and Indo-Pak Relationship Burdens of Asymmetry in a Nuclearised South Asia:How Safe are the Small Neighbours?India goes nuclear: Responses of Southeast Asia and JapanOf Vital Interests, Pokhran II and Indo-US RelationsRussian Foreign Policy and India’s Response after Pokhran IIPokhran II, Nuclear Non-Proliferatin and South Asia:The European ResponseIndex