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Factors and Issues in the Development of Indian Strategic Independence with Nuclear Explosives, 1974–98

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/9780195667547.003.0007
Factors and Issues in the Development of Indian Strategic Independence with Nuclear Explosives, 1974–98

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This chapter studies the issues and factors involved in the development of Indian strategic independence with nuclear explosives. It focuses on the period from 1974 to 1998, and describes it as very important and dynamic. It examines the redistribution of power in the political and bureaucratic system, and emphasizes that during this period, the country's decision-making space was filled by weak Indian leaders. It was only during the 1980s when India's armed forces became integrated in the bureaucracy. It discusses two central concepts, namely ‘redistributed power’ and ‘unredistributed power’. It determines that the first concept applies to the inclusion of the Indian armed forces into the nuclear debate and decision process. The second concept assumes that a critical and dense mass of issues, players, capabilities, and interests has not yet emerged in the Asia-Pacific.

Keywords: Indian strategic independence; nuclear explosives; power redistribution; Indian bureaucracy; decision-making space; armed forces; redistributed power; unredistributed power; nuclear debate

Chapter.  15277 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Indian Politics

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