Nuclear Weapons Proliferation in the Indian Subcontinent by Ziba Moshaver

By Ziba Moshaver

This e-book examines nuclear proliferation within the significant threshold nations within the Indian subcontinent, India and Pakistan. either nations are on the leading edge of overseas obstacle over guns proliferation for being concerned with nuclear actions that can give you the potential to supply nuclear guns, and for having retained the political and diplomatic choice to accomplish that. the topic is tackled from a world family standpoint. It seems on the factor of proliferation when it comes to the evolution within the nations' belief of nationwide, local, and overseas protection imperatives. each one country's civil nuclear programme and its fingers keep watch over international relations is additionally tested to work out whether or not they facilitate or inhibit a choice to proliferation, and it what manner. The research concludes that whereas India and Pakistan are strongly decided to continue their nuclear choice, and they are either engaged in perfectioning this feature, neither state is but devoted to a guns programme. therefore there's a nuclear stalemate within the subcontinent and any switch of coverage may think about complicated political, strategic, financial, and diplomatic pursuits. those pursuits have to this point discouraged nuclear proliferation. the long run will depend on nationwide, local and overseas balance at the one hand, and worldwide perceptions of nuclear deterrence and developments within the nuclear fingers race and disarmament at the different.

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34 Party pressure for the bomb, however, came to be outmanoeuvred by party discipline governing sensitive matters and, as an observer noted, by 'the intra-governmental coalition of professionals and government leaders'. 35 Communists of both wings supported the government's anti-bomb stance and criticized the then current plea for a foreign guarantee. The difference between the two wings was, not surprisingly, on their views of the Chinese nuclear test In its resolution on this issue, the pro-Moscow wing condemned China for carrying out the test, and admired the government The Politics of Nuclear Weapons in India 39 for the pursuit of disarmament, noting that this position 'has added to India's stature and won the acclaim of peace lovers throughout the world'.

In addition, India declared an air and naval blockade of both East and West Pakistan in order to isolate the Pakistani troops in the East. The war ended on December 17 with New Delhi subsequently declaring a unilateral cease-fire and victory to a widely cheering Indian public and Parliament. In the final analysis, the union of East and West Pakistan could probably not be saved so long as West Pakistan's ruling elite was not willing to renounce its privileges. But Pakistan's national disunity could not justify Indian military intervention.

It was only during the bomb debate of the post-Nehru era that Menon talked about this 'symbol of evil'. He criticized the emergence of the nuclear debate after the Chinese nuclear explosion in 1964, saying, 'The lack of understanding is revealed by the very debate which is now taking place on the atom bomb ... '8 Even then he refused to discuss his arguments against nuclear The Politics of Nuclear Weapons in India 31 weapons. Instead he retreated to the realm of 'common sense'. When Brecher criticized the lack of debate on nuclear decisions as an example of undemocratic behaviour, Menon simply replied, 'Why should I debate mass suicide.

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