Nuclear and Disarmament
Nuclear Power: India’s Development Imperative (a VIF Task Force Report)

India has to be militarily powerful to be a meaningful player in international politics. As the world’s fifth largest economy, it must be a secure nation to deter her enemies. India’s Poet Laureate Dr. Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, in his poem quoted ab....

20 Years of India’s Nuclearisation: Retrospect and Prospect

On 11th & 13th May 1998, India surprised the world by conducting five nuclear tests in the Pokhran deserts of Rajasthan.1 The tests marked the end of India’s long ambivalence vis-à-vis the nuclear weapons and set i....

Book Discussion, ‘Sharpening the Arsenal: India’s Evolving Nuclear Deterrence Policy’

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) arranged a panel discussion on 08 Jan 2018 over a recently published book ‘Sharpening the Arsenal: India’s Evolving Nuclear Doctrine’ (HarperCollins, 2017), authored by eminent defence expert, Brig....

Round Table Discussion on India’s Nuclear Diplomacy

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organized a Round Table Discussion (RTD) on “India’s Nuclear Diplomacy” on 20 December 2017. Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF, moderated the session. The speakers of the round table included Amb. Sa....

Nuclear Sabre-rattling: Pakistan must Discard its Tactical Nuclear Weapons

“Any nuclear weapon, of any quality, mode of delivery or yield, used against any type of target, will result in a strategic impact to which the logical response would be the use of nuclear weapons, more often than not, on an overwhelming....

Round Table Discussion on Efficacy of India’s Nuclear Doctrine

A Round Table Discussion on the ‘Efficacy of India’s Nuclear Doctrine in the Context of Pakistan’s Tactical Nuclear Weapons’ (TNWs) was held at the VIF. It began with a presentation by Brig Gurmeet Kanwal, Visiting Fellow, VIF, to outline the....

India-US Civil Nuclear Deal: A Dependence Entrapment?

India needs to proceed with utmost caution on its civil nuclear deal with the United States. The pathbreaking agreement, dramatically ‘operationalised’ in a 25 January meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi by U.S. President Barac....

Progress and Challenges Related to the Indo-US Civil Nuclear Deal

Introduction This paper seeks to address factors that led to the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, initial expectations, how those expectations evolved over time, policy drivers that keep the two parties from reaching a rapid closure on the issue....

Western Discourse on Pak Nukes Exposes ‘Double Standards’ Vis-a-Vis India

It certainly cannot be the cooler days in Delhi that has attracted, in recent weeks, so many concerned western ‘experts’ to the capital, to discuss the abstruse-to the Indian public-subject of “strategic stability” in Asia/ in the sub-contine....

Round-Table Discussion on Credibility of India’s Nuclear Deterrence

A Round-Table Discussion to deliberate upon the credibility of India’s Nuclear Deterrence especially in the light of Pakistan’s development of Tactical Nuclear Weapons (TNWs) was held at the VIF on 18 November 2013. The discussion was chaired by ....

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