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The Nehru-Bhabha Years, 1947–64

Ashok Kapur

in Pokhran and Beyond

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195667547
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081790 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195667547.003.0003
The Nehru-Bhabha Years, 1947–64

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This chapter studies the events that occurred from 1947 to 1964, which are significant in the study of Indian nuclear history. It takes a look at the dominant role played by the political class (expressed by J.L. Nehru) and the scientific class (expressed by Homi J. Bhabha), and then summarizes the pattern of nuclear development in India during the Nehru-Bhabha years. The next section examines the three themes of Nehru's nuclear policy. Two diagrams illustrate the process and structure of the nuclear debate and the decision process for nuclear science policies. The chapter concludes with some theoretical considerations of the ‘dominant-subordinate state system’ paradigm. The internal governmental debate on the military uses of atomic energy is also addressed.

Keywords: India's nuclear history; Nehru-Bhabha years; nuclear development; Nehru's nuclear policy; nuclear debate; nuclear science policies; decision process; theoretical considerations; dominant-subordinate state system paradigm; atomic energy

Chapter.  10197 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Indian Politics

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