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Sharpening The Arsenal : Indias Evolving Nuclear Deterrence Policy

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About the Book: Sharpening the Arsenal

Speaking in Delhi in November 2016, Manohar Parrikar, Indias then Defence Minister, said there should be an element of unpredictability in the countrys military strategy. He wondered whether Indias nuclear doctrine should be constrained by a no-first-use posture. The essence of the defence ministers introspection was that ambiguity enhances deterrence. This view has been expressed by several nuclear strategists. Nuclear doctrines are not written in stone and are never absolutely rigid. They are not binding international treaties that must be adhered to in letter and spirit. Fifteen years have passed since Indias nuclear doctrine was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security in January 2003. A review of the nuclear doctrine is long overdue.

Credible minimum deterrence and the posture of no-first-use have stood the test of time. But is there no conceivable operational contingency that justifies a first strike? Do we need a new nuclear policy for our new geopolitical reality? This book delves into the debate and charts out a way ahead.

About the Author: Gurmeet Kanwal

Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal (Retd) is Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi; and Adjunct Fellow, Centre for Strategic an International Studies, Washington, DC. He is former Director, Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi, the Indian Armys think tank. He is the author and editor of several books on defence.

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Sharpening The Arsenal : Indias Evolving Nuclear Deterrence Policy


Gurmeet Kanwal



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Hard Bond

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Harper Business




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