ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Sane Nuclear Policy

Indo-Pak Nuclear Standoff: The Role of the US by P R Chari; Manohar Publishers, Delhi, 1994; Rs 350. A NATION'S sanity, as that of an individual, is put to test when the peril touches survival itself. As it is, discussions on foreign policy in India and Pakistan reek of chauvinism, dressed in self- righteous rhetoric which never succeeds in concealing double-standards. This book is an outstanding exception. It is a powerful plea for sanity in nuclear policy. What is more, it is extremely well documented and fairly sets out and analyses contrasting viewpoints. Published under the auspices of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, it is in a sense a working paper for the policy-maker and analyst. The relevant material is cited in the book, options are defined and conclusions stated. The reader who disagrees with the analysis on any point will be able to pursue the leads since nothing is suppressed from him.

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