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Pokhran II and After: The Reactions, Debates, and Consequences

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/9780195667547.003.0008
Pokhran II and After: The Reactions, Debates, and Consequences

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This chapter considers the consequences, debates, and reactions that surrounded Prime Minister Vajpayee's decision to authorize nuclear testing in India in April-May 1998. It begins with a section on the reactions of the international community to the 1998 tests. It then considers the argument that these reactions were irrelevant and confused because they did not connect with the key parameters of the change in the country's nuclear behaviour. These key parameters include the dual trend to modernization of the military, the impact of Asian multipolarity, and the role of nuclear weapons in Asia. The next section discusses the debate between the political elite and the Indian scientists about certain scientific issues, such as the costs of weaponization. This chapter also notes the consequences of the 1998 nuclear tests in India.

Keywords: nuclear testing; consequences of; reactions; international community; military modernization; Asian multipolarity; nuclear weapons; scientific issues

Chapter.  12741 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Indian Politics

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