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The Shastri-Gandhi Years, 1964–74: The External Dynamics

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/9780195667547.003.0005
The Shastri-Gandhi Years, 1964–74: The External Dynamics

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This chapter identifies several of the major dynamics in India's nuclear policy and politics that emerged during the Shastri-Gandhi years. It discusses the growing strength of the nuclear debate within the government, and studies the changes that affected the orientation and context of the country's atomic and disarmament policies. It then demonstrates the structure of India's nuclear posture and domestic nuclear constituencies during the period, along with an overview of its nuclear activities. The next section discusses the regional and international aspects of the changes in Indian nuclear dynamics. The final part of the chapter takes a look at the events involving the creation of a new nuclear strategy and the development of India's attitude towards the US-USSR efforts to form a non-proliferation regime.

Keywords: Shastri-Gandhi years; nuclear debate; disarmament policies; atomic policies; nuclear posture; domestic nuclear constituencies; nuclear activities; nuclear dynamics; new nuclear strategy; non-proliferation regime

Chapter.  10846 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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