AUTHORAbraham, Itty
TITLEThe Making of the Indian Atomic Bomb: Science, Secrecy, and the Postcolonial State
CITYLondon, England

This book provides an historical account of the development of India’s Atomic Energy Commission, and describes the events leading to India's first nuclear test in 1974. The author disregards common assertions that India began producing atomic weapons merely for security purposes, and argues instead that its principal motivation was to legitimize the independent nation-state through the production of nuclear arms and the experimental detonation. A final chapter discusses the period from 1974 to May 1998, when India conducted further test detonations, which though criticized by a number of foreign governments, met with general public approval at home.

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