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The Indo–US Nuclear Deal

A Debate to Remember: The US–India Nuclear Deal by Chaitanya Ravi, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2018; pp xix + 311, 995.

 

Well over a decade has passed since that moment of epiphany when the United States(US) as the sole global superpower explicitly assumed mentorship over India’s passage into the league of great powers. This special status was to be consecrated by the recognition of India’s unique status within the nuclear realm, in both its civilian and military dimensions.

India’s capabilities had been won in splendid isolation, to some degree self-imposed. Energy was always the cover story for India’s intensive research and development effort in nuclear science and technology, but the military objective was never far behind. The early political leadership managed to stick to the peaceful use rationale, in part because of the enduring power of the doctrine of non-violence bequeathed by the Indian freedom movement. Internal and external insecurities on two notable instances compelled an effacement of that vital distinction. First came the nuclear test of 1974, which was rather implausibly portrayed as “peaceful” in intent, but led to global sanctions. And, then, came an explicit statement of intent to weaponise the nuclear option in 1998.

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