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The Diplomatic Base of India's Nuclear Strategy

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/9780195667547.003.0004
The Diplomatic Base of India's Nuclear Strategy

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This chapter discusses the aspect of the diplomatic base of India's nuclear behaviour. It notes that Indian diplomacy holds high the importance of peace diplomacy, socio-economic development, and international negotiations. It then lists the primary fault lines between India and the West, before focusing on the challenge posed by post-war US disarmament strategy on Indian security. Next, this chapter considers India's interest in nuclear affairs and its early interest in the development of its own nuclear power capability. It also studies Nehru's thoughts on nuclear matters, the premise of the disarmament and nuclear policy of India, and India's atomic energy arrangements with Canada and the US. The Indian reactions after President Eisenhower summarized the ‘Atoms for Peace’ plan are also considered.

Keywords: India's diplomatic behaviour; peace diplomacy; international negotiations; disarmament strategy; Indian security; nuclear affairs; nuclear power capability; atomic energy arrangements; Atoms for Peace plan

Chapter.  12262 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Indian Politics

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