AUTHORFrey, Karsten
TITLEIndia’s Nuclear Bomb and National Security
CITYLondon, UK

This book examines the internal and external forces behind India’s nuclear weapons program, arguing that a symbolic need for international recognition rather than a strategic need for national security has been the driving force. In Part I, the author emphasizes that India’s weapons development cannot be justified on the grounds of national security, despite emerging nuclear regimes. Instead, through a dissection of the country’s sociopolitical structure, he identifies a group of “strategic elite” as the principal influence behind both policy makers and the media and thereby the catalyst for the country’s nuclear progress. Part II focuses on India’s perception of regional strategic threats, especially with respect to Pakistan and China. Part III describes India’s growing nationalist sentiments and its faint reverberation of “colonialist” resentment in the face of Western nonproliferation efforts. In his conclusion, the author considers India's “politics of prestige” in the context of the global nuclear order, arguing that the view that a country's nuclear program is a symbol of regional strength and international status is likely to inhibit nonproliferation efforts worldwide. The book provides reference notes, a bilbiography, and a list of news article citations.

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