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Unravelling the Self-image of the Indian Bomb Lobby

The sociology of the Indian bomb lobby, the intelligentsia and middle class is intimately and unavoidably connected to the wider sociology of change in India. What is suggested here is that it is these very processes that are central to explaining why India went openly nuclear and why elite nationalism continues to favour the possession and development of a nuclear weapons system. The decisive factor in the transition of India from ambiguity to declared nuclear status was played by a coterie within the decision-making circle. It then took along with it an already enthusiastic pro-bomb following, as well as a taken-by-surprise but easily adjusting and suddenly enthusiastic remaining part of the newly created bomb lobby.

Drawing False Conclusions

The Indian Left's position on the question of nuclear weapons free zones or WMD free zones has been characterised by several flip-flops. In west Asia, it has supported nuclearisation in the name of opposing American hegemony, while it retains a continued, if inconsistent, belief in nuclear deterrence in south Asia. But the Left now has to clarify its perspective on how best to deal with American military might. To do this needs recognition of the fact that it is in these two regions in Asia where nuclear weapons are most likely to be used and therefore the need for urgent denuclearisation.

Enabling Participatory Democracy

Democracy Deepening Democracy edited by Archon Fung and Erik Olin Wright; Verso Publications, London, 2003; paperback, pp 310, $ 22.

Insights on Indian Economic History

Economic History Capital and Labour Redefined: India and the Third World by Amiya Kumar Bagchi; Tulika, New Delhi, 2002; pp 336, Rs 575 (hardback).

Nuclear Risk Reduction Measures between India and Pakistan

What nuclear risk reduction measures between India and Pakistan cannot do - they are never a substitute for nuclear disarmament - and what they can do, that is, the dangers they can attempt to address.

Mindset of the Nuclear Strategist

India’s Emerging Nuclear Posture by Ashley Tellis; OUP India, 2001; pp 885, $ 25 (paperback).

Nuclear Terrorism: A New Threshold?

What do we now say about the possibility of not just states but at least a few non-state actors using weapons of mass destruction or resorting to chemical, biological and nuclear forms of attacks on enemy targets, territories and populations? A new threshold may have been crossed after September 11 that is a source of deep future worry.

Failure of Globalisation Theory

The Follies of Globalisation Theory by Justin Rosenberg; Verso, London, 2000; p 205, hardback $ 23.

Developing the Anti-Nuclear Movement

We now have a national network of anti-nuclear groups who have come together to work on common objectives. But if the antinuclear movement is to progress then the different groups have to find ways of working together which do not simply respect their differences but also institutionalise discussion of differences so as to move towards overcoming them wherever possible. Where this is not possible, it is necessary to think of ways which can creatively advance the groups' common positions. Some proposals.

Sixth NPT Review Conference

The single most important gain of the NPT review conference was not really contained in the consensus document, significant though that was. It was the emergence of the New Agenda Coalition as the single most important negotiating and pressurising force.

What Kind of Modernity?

What Kind of Modernity? Achin Vanaik India: Living with Modernity by Javeed Alam; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 1999; pp 241, Rs 450 (hardback).

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