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India's Emerging Nuclear Posture: Between Recessed Deterrent and Ready Arsenal

India's Emerging Nuclear Posture: Between Recessed Deterrent and Ready Arsenal

By Ashley J. Tellis

RAND Corporation, 2001, 653 pp.

The Indian nuclear tests of May 11 and 13, 1998, shook an unsuspecting world. Long at the forefront of the movement for universal nuclear disarmament, India had continually chastised the five declared nuclear powers (the United States, Russia, China, France, and the United Kingdom) for not moving to eliminate their nuclear arsenals as called for by the 1970 nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. After demonstrating its own nuclear capacity in 1974, India had refrained from testing for more than two decades. And apparently, neither the emergence of a government in New Delhi led by the right-of-center Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nor the Indian elites' deep reservations about

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  • Sumit Ganguly is Professor of Asian Studies and Government at the University of Texas at Austin and the author of the forthcoming Fearful Symmetry: Explaining the Indo-Pakistani Conflict.
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