Going MAD: Ten years of the bomb in South Asia

Zia Mian, M. V. Ramana

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Abstract

India and Pakistan have been talking peace since 2003, yet they have continued to expand their nuclear arsenals. This suggests a failure both of imagination and of political will to seriously engage with the nuclear danger. The peace process does not seem to recognise the fact that since the two countries conducted their nuclear tests in 1998 there has been a war and a major military crisis, both prominently featuring nuclear threats. Nuclear denial in south Asia is not a symptom of inattention, or passivity in the face of an overwhelming problem. It is deliberate blindness to the contradiction between word and deed. India and Pakistan talk of peace while pouring scarce resources into developing their nuclear arsenals, the infrastructure for producing and using them, and doctrines aimed at fighting a nuclear war.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-208
Number of pages8
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Volume43
Issue number26-27
StatePublished - Jun 28 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • Political Science and International Relations

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