The nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests conducted by India and Pakistan in the late 1990s have substantially altered the security environment, both in the region and globally. Examining the complexities, controversies and dynamics of this new strategic context, this study explores India's motivations for becoming a nuclear weapons state, its proposed nuclear and missile force structure, the nuclear doctrine that the BJP-led government seeks to develop, and the impact of a nuclear arms race on the country's economy. The authors also consider the prospects for regional and global arms control. At question is the claim of many Indian strategists that stability in the region is better served under conditions of declared - rather than covertly developed - nuclear weapons.
Why did India go nuclear?, S.P. Cohen; India's pathway to Pokharan II - the prospects and sources of New Delhi's nuclear weapons programme, S. Ganguly; India's strategic doctrine and practice - the impact of nuclear testing, D. Ollapally; India's nuclear and missile programmes - power, intentions, capabilities, outcomes, R.G.C. Thomas; India's nuclear decision - implications for Indian-US relations, M. Ayoob; what after pokharan II? - the China factor, G Deshingkar; the nuclear aspect of Pakistan's India policy, F. Zarah; South Asia's ballistic ambitions, B. Sheppard; technology for defence and development - India's space programme, D. Mistry; the Indian economy after Pokharan II, P.S. Jha; lest we forget - the dangers and irrelevance of nuclear weapons, S.R. Valluri; is an otherwise sensible agreement with India and Pakistan precluded because it would "reward" nuclear testing?, C.E. Singer; a nuclear arms control agenda for India, A. Gupta.
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