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  • As the dust settles
    PR Chari    ·   01 Jun, 1998    ·    #105    ·    Commentary    
    Three weeks after India ’s dramatic nuclear statement in the Pokharan desert some of the questions raised and answers provided soon after that event can be revisited.     Why were these nuclear tests conducted?...
  • After the Nuclear Tests
       ·   01 Jun, 1998    ·    #104    ·    Commentary    
    The silly season may perhaps be over. The May madness has hopefully come to an end. What next? There will continue to be many discussions regarding the nature of the tests. Were they five or six or seven? How many were indeed duds, as some may wel...
  • Indian Civilisation: Prelude to a New World View
       ·   30 May, 1998    ·    #103    ·    Commentary    
    After the recent nuclear explosions, a top nuclear scientist reportedly said that until the tests Indians had to read their ancient classics to feel proud; now they would not have to do so. This scientist, who celebrated the event by opening a cha...
  • Implications of Economic Sanctions on India
       ·   30 May, 1998    ·    #102    ·    Commentary    
    For the first time since India 's independence, a foreign country, the United States of America , has imposed economic sanctions on India . The USA took this action following India 's five nuclear tests ...
  • Pakistan's Turn
    Michael Krepon    ·   30 May, 1998    ·    #101    ·    Commentary    
    The following analysis was written shortly before Pakistan ’s five nuclear test blasts of 28 May 1998.     The three-cornered nuclear and missile competition among India , Pakistan , and China...
  • Anger Mars Reason - Nuclear Rationale Ignored
    Lt. Gen. AM Vohra    ·   30 May, 1998    ·    #100    ·    Commentary    
    On 18 May 1998, India ’s Home Minister L. K. Advani said, " Islamabad should realize the change in the geo-strategic situation in the region and the world…". He referred to India ’s "bold and ...
  • H-Asia: Implications of India’s Nuclear Tests
       ·   30 May, 1998    ·    #99    ·    Commentary    
      When the Indian government conducted five nuclear test blasts on May 11 and 13, the domestic response was one of joy and pride. Polls show 90% approval rating, and 82% in favour of weaponisation. In my judgement the figures are due t...
  • Pokharan II and the G-8 Summit
    Ashutosh Mishra    ·   25 May, 1998    ·    #98    ·    Commentary    
    Cracks have appeared in the fortress of the Group of Eight, the most powerful industrial countries in the world, at their recent summit in Birmingham, U.K. The cause was the nuclear tests conducted by India in Pokhran on the 11th a...
  • Indo-Pak Detente: From Periphery to the Core
    AM Vohra    ·   25 May, 1998    ·    #97    ·    Commentary    
    On 23 March 1997 Pakistan 's then President Mr. Leghari said at the OIC Summit that Kashmir is essential for the survival of Pakistan- "is a matter of Pakistan 's survival." In his book 'Raiders i...
  • India was wrong to test, but what can the world do?
    Ramesh Thakur    ·   25 May, 1998    ·    #96    ·    Commentary    
    New Delhi seems to have concluded that the marginal costs of additional sanctions are outweighed by gains in national security and pride. India has long nursed a sense of grievance about international ''nuclear apartheid.&#...
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