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The New Hullabaloo over Nuclear Testing

The squabble over the quality of the test of a thermonuclear device in 1998 punctures once again the sheer hubris of India's elite, which, in the era of "nuclear-weapons status India" and "India shining", has been prone to disengage periodically from the realities of its status, only to be rudely brought back to earth in fairly short order.

Journey from Pokhran-II to Hyde Act

Indo-US nuclear deal underlines the continuing adherence of the nuclear superpower to its non-proliferation agenda. The acceptance of this legislation by the UPA government also marks the sidelining of scientists in determining nuclear policy. This eclipse highlights the miscalculation that Pokhran-II would reinforce India's autonomy, when in fact the tests initiated the process of its weakening.

Price of the Nuclear Deal

The Indo-US nuclear agreement is part and parcel of a larger evolving strategic relationship with the US that has political, economic, military and technological dimensions. This strategic "almost-an-alliance" is not some threat in the future, but a current reality that is sought to be deepened by the nuclear agreement. Even if one were to grant some degree of primacy to ending the isolation of the Indian nuclear industry, the price of the deal, in terms of strategic compromises across the board over a broad spectrum of other sectors, is far too high for India to pay.

Indo-US Nuclear Accord: Implications for Peace and Security in South Asia

Official India does not admit that the Indo-US nuclear accord, by providing greater flexibility to the Indian nuclear programme and to nuclear weapons production, is a threat to peace in south Asia.


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