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Pokhran and BeyondIndia's Nuclear Weapons Capability$
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Ashok Kapur

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195667547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195667547.001.0001

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The Shastri-Gandhi Years, 1964–74: The Internal Dynamics

The Shastri-Gandhi Years, 1964–74: The Internal Dynamics

(p.133) 6 The Shastri-Gandhi Years, 1964–74: The Internal Dynamics
Pokhran and Beyond

Ashok Kapur

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the pattern of Indian leadership behaviour on the issues of Indian nuclear testing and the question of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It provides an assessment of the pattern and structure of internal dynamics from 1964 to 1974. It reveals that the internal dynamics during this period were very significant because of the increased tension and interplay between internal and external compulsions in Indian nuclear decision-making. It identifies the five main nuclear decisions that were made during this time, and shows how domestic and international tendencies influenced Indian nuclear decision-making during the Shastri-Gandhi years. Next, it looks at the variables and constants that were involved in Shastri-Indira Gandhi nuclear decision-making, the role of bureaucratic politics, and the players and influences in the nuclear debate. The discussion concludes with a section on the role of civil servants and politicized scientists, and the Rajasthan Atomic Power Project I (RAPP I), Rajasthan Atomic Power Project II (RAPP II), and the NPT.

Keywords:   leadership behaviour, nuclear testing, internal dynamics, nuclear decision-making, bureaucratic politics, nuclear debate, variables and constants, Non-Proliferation Treaty, Rajasthan Atomic Power Project

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