India's Nuclear Debate: Exceptionalism and the Bomb

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-04-14
  • Publisher: Routledge India

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This book examines the growing public support for India's nuclear 'option', culminating in the enthusiastic reception of the nuclear tests of May 1998 and the subsequent engagement with India's nuclear weapons policy. Unlike most studies of India's nuclear history and politics that focus on policy, this book look at the public debate on nuclear policy to explain why certain government actions proved so acceptable to a very large section of India's attentive public'-upper and middle class Indians who care about foreign and defence policy and critique the government on such matters. The author's focus on the debate as opposed to policy helps explain the timing and popularity of the tests; the lack of serious, publicised movement on weaponising India's nuclear capability after May 1998; and India's continuing push for global nuclear disarmament.

Author Biography

Priyanjali Malik completed her DPhil in International Relations from the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Establishing India's Nuclear Rhetoric, 1947-1990p. 31
Creating a Nuclear Debate in the 1990sp. 95
Defining and Defending India, 1990-1996p. 127
Confronting the Nuclear Option: The CTBT and Sovereigntyp. 174
Negotiating 'Nuclear India' after the CTBTp. 207
Defending Nuclear Indiap. 246
Conclusionp. 267
Epiloguep. 274
Glossaryp. 311
Bibliographyp. 313
About the Authorp. 341
Indexp. 342
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