Indian Nuclear Deterrence: Its Evolution, Development and Implications for South Asian Security

Hardcover | November 1, 2010

byZafar Iqbal Cheema

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The significance of this study is that it establishes the fallacy of conventional perspectives on Indian nuclear deterrence-that the Indian nuclear programme entailed 'exclusively peaceful uses' during the Nehru era and the development of weapons capability was initiated by the government ofLal Bahadur Shastri after the first Chinese nuclear explosion in 1964. On the contrary, it provides incontrovertible documentary evidence that Dr Homi J. Bhabha formulated with Nehru's approval a nuclear weapons development strategy within the structural framework of the Indian civilian nuclearprogramme. Nehru was interested in a nuclear weapons capability for a 'deterrent in extremis'. The central premise of the study is that BJP government's decision to carry out the May 1998 nuclear tests was not an original one, but a step prefigured in a strategic continuum whose genesis dates back to the late 1950s. It suggests that the declaration of Indian nuclear deterrence after the May1998 nuclear tests, the weaponization of Indian nuclear capability and the pronouncement of the Draft Nuclear Doctrine (DND) were not separate from earlier policies, but instead were part of that strategic continuum. The study analyses the dynamics of Indian nuclear deterrence, Indian nucleardoctrine and their implications for South Asian security. It is the first time that mostly primary archival, and documentary research material from diverse sources has been explored to write a book on this topic. It is more comprehensive than any other book on this subject in terms both of its timeframe (1947 until now) and of the issues covered-theevolution, development, dynamics and implications of Indian nuclear deterrence for South Asian Security. It is also the first book on the topic written from a Pakistani perspective.

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The significance of this study is that it establishes the fallacy of conventional perspectives on Indian nuclear deterrence-that the Indian nuclear programme entailed 'exclusively peaceful uses' during the Nehru era and the development of weapons capability was initiated by the government ofLal Bahadur Shastri after the first Chinese n...

Zafar Iqbal Cheema has been Professor of Defence and Strategic Studies at Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad since 1994, and Meritorious Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences there since 2005.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:500 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:November 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195979036

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PrefaceAcknowledgementAbbreviations1. Introduction2. The Nehru Era: Creating a Nuclear Weapons Option3. Indian Nuclear Diplomacy: Protecting The Weapons Option4. From Nuclear Option to a Weapons Capability (1964-1977)5. Pakistan's Nuclear Policy and Its Input Into the Indian Nuclear Decision-Making6. Indian Nuclear Policy: 1977-1998: Expanding the Weapons Capability7. Dynamics of The Indian Nuclear (Deterrent) Capability: An Evaluation8. The Indian Nuclear Doctrine: An Analysis9. Development of Nuclear Deterrence in South Asia10. Indian Nuclear Deterrence and Strategic Stability in South Asia11. SummaryAppendicesBibliographyIndex